Artists and Entertainers of Jeddah
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ISSUE 109 FEBRUARY 2018
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FROM THE EDITOR
Editor-in-Chief Enas Hashani Managing Director Maria Mahdaly Executive Editor Bassma Al Toaimi
CREATIVITY AND COURAGE You can tell a lot about a group by the art it creates – from film to oil paintings, music to poetry. The French artist Matisse once said “Creativity takes courage,” and no one understands that type of courage quite like we do. In a time where the arts were not considered an integral aspect of our lives, many have taken it upon themselves to persevere and persist, despite naysayers and limited support or resources. Today, the nation not only has embraced the arts but celebrates it. From ban lifts to entities dedicated to entertainment, a new dawn for the arts is upon us. In this issue, we speak to artists and entertainers in the Kingdom – from all kinds of art and entertainment genres, and we look at the fruits of their artistic pursuits.
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We also put a spotlight on the filmmakers in Saudi Arabia who are already making a name for themselves abroad – filmmakers who are finally seeing the possibility of getting their films screened in their hometowns. And based on the many events that have been filling up our calendars, Saudis have been lighting up the sky, rising stars, and what a sight you are to behold. Shine bright, Jeddawis.
Enas Hashani, Editor-in-Chief
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F E AT U R E D C O N T E N T
THE ARTS ISSUE 20 BUSINESS
• Rami Sunnari talks boardgames and Challenge Round
24 SPECIAL FEATURE
• Let Us Entertain You: Exploring our city’s artistic diversity.
Arab Designers on the Red Carpet
• Interior Designer Amar Alamdar talks about art and overcoming challenges • Saudi Cinema: Make way for the country’s filmmakers • Saudi Author Nisreen Ghandourah
34 Saudi Cinema Was Born Ready
44 STYLE & BEAUTY
at the Corniche
• SHOESANDDRAMA Presents: Red carpet looks by Arab designers
Amr Alngmah's Artwork
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50 DINING AROUND TOWN • Scoop: Poka Yoka for all your popcorn needs
• Fun Catering: The ultimate list of catering options
58 HEALTHY LIVING
• Workouts at the Corniche by Mai Kholief
• Some tips to Prevent Football Injuries
62 TRAVEL TRENDS
• A Mauritian Heaven and Luxury Resort • Turkey in the winter • Explore KSA: Beit Kaki in Taif
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EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
1. Comedy Festival
AlComedy Club’s Comedy Festival, a series of family musical comedy shows, held every Friday in December/ January, was packed with fresh jokes, thoroughly entertaining the audience with their brilliant stand-up comedians. Attendee Sara Al Ayed, co-founder of TRACCS, said, “This is one of the most fun and entertaining weekly events in the city.”
2. Fine Chocolate at Assila
Assila Hotel’s Coco Ba cafe’s opening on Jan. 15 showcased its variety of distinctive (and delicious!) flavored chocolates, from pure cacao to coconut passion fruit. The opening was attended by General Manager Harry Fernandez, media, and VIPs. Open daily from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., Coco Ba aims to be most famous chocolate retailer in Saudi Arabia.
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3. Women-Only Motor Show at Le Mall
The first women-only car show took place last month at Le Mall in Tahlia. Women from all over Jeddah visited the showroom to check out the latest car models on display. The exhibition included a team of saleswomen to help the new customer demographic understand which car to buy.
4. Femininity at Ashoor Tent
The Femininity Ladies event took place from Jan. 14-16 at the Ashoor Tent. The event, which was sponsored by Porsche and organized by Mona Al Ahdab, included a bazaar, food corner, fashion show with live music, and various entertainment and sports activities like Zumba and body combat by ZClub, and a Tai Chi show.
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HE CHEERS: Female football fans take Saudi sports stadiums by storm
For the first time ever, on Jan. 11 (a Friday), more than 3,000 women stepped into Pearl Stadium in Jeddah’s King Abdullah Sports City – and history – as they watched in person Al Ahli beat Al Batin 5-0 in the game played in the Red Sea port city. The third league game that women attended pitted Al Ittifaq against Al Faisali at Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Stadium in Dammam.
GOAL! It’s not just a football match, it’s a full entertainment experience! I’m optimistic about sports events here now. — Roaa Al Harbi
Thousands of cheering and flag-waving female football fans took King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh by storm on Jan. 13 to support their favorite team in the professional league game that pitted Al Hilal against Al Ittihad, the first ever Saudi ‘Classico’ game of top teams attended by women in the Kingdom’s history. At the games, scores of women in small and big groups waved the colors of the football teams they support, lifting their arms in the air each time it looked a goal was in progress. The women joined other family members in enthusiastically singing their team anthems intermittently. The air felt charged with the energy of the fans. 12 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
A girl gets her face painted with her favorite team’s colors ahead of a historic football game between Al Hilal and Al Ittihad on Jan.13 at Riyadh’s King Fahd International Stadium.
Teams of female ushers guided women and other family members to their seats in special sections of the stadiums. Outside the stadium, there was a festive atmosphere as fans applied face-paint in the colors of their favorite teams, among other activities organized by the General Sports Authority (GSA) and the sports federation headed by Princess Reema Bint Bandar, who was also in attendance in Riyadh. In October of last year, the GSA issued a decision that as of early 2018 the three stadiums, previously male-only facilities, would be prepared and ready for families, including allocation of special places for seating and entrances.
Princess Reema bint Bandar (right), an advocate for women’s sports and appointed last year as President of Saudi Federation for Mass Participation, and Haifa Alsabab, CEO of the Saudi Federation for Mass Participation and Chief of Staff of Princess Reema, attending the game in Riyadh
Roaa Al Harbi, a 23-year-old law student, said, “I feel very optimistic about upcoming sports events here now (after attending one). It’s not just a football match, it’s a full entertainment experience!” “A great development has taken place in our country. It’s a historic moment. This is all about an inclusive society,” said Abdulrahman Mohammed, a 30-year-old banker who accompanied three female relatives to the stadium at one of the games. “It feels great. It feels satisfying, fulfilling. It’s my adopted homeland, so this inclusivity and recognition has a huge significance for me. We have come a long way,” said Fatemah Khan, 26, a Pakistani management professional. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 13
EVENTS & HAPPENINGS
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JAN. 31 – FEB. 3
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RAJANA AYAMONA Go back to the good ol’ days with an exhibit of Saudi history and culture, featuring nostalgic products and brands. Location: Malik Rd., Opposite Red Sea Mall Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AYTAMONA The largest women and children’s annual charity festival Location: The Village, Khalidiya Dist. aytamona
FEB. 8 – 11
ART BOOKS JEDDAH Artists and creative publishers display and sell their products. Explore their books and paperbased design and creations. Web: (To register) artbooksjeddah.com
JCA CAR ACADEMY The Jeddah College of Advertising (JCA) hosts the first car orientation event, with useful information about cars, car maintenance, road safety, etc.
FEB. 19 – 20
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Location: JCA Dhahban Campus Web: ubt.edu.sa/JCA jca_ubt
Time: Monday from 5 – 10 p.m., Tuesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 5 – 10 p.m Location: Al Sobha Hall, Park Hyatt Jeddah, South Corniche, Al Hamra Dist.
ALOULA TEA FESTIVAL Experience traditional teaserving ceremonies and learn about tea culture from around the world.
20 22 7 FEB.
FEB. 20 – 21
THE 7TH GULF EDUCATION CONFERENCE 2018 The program aims to address the current challenges, opportunities, and the future needs of higher education in the MENA region. Time: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Location: UBT Dahban Campus Tel: 920000490 Web: gulfeducation.co.uk
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FEB. 22 – 24
FUEL 2018 An education initiative by Teamup that aims to strengthen the business skillset of local creative freelancers via a toolkit Web: teamup.sa teamup.me
MAR. 7 – 10
LITTLE PARIS A bazaar celebrating Paris, the City of Light and culinary capital of the world. Location: Le Prestige Mall, King Abdulaziz Branch Rd., Ash Shati Dist. Email: email@example.com nounqaf
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PROTECT WHAT’S GOOD
Tetra Pak’s What’s Good campaign promotes the benefits of carton packaging, as the company provides consumers with environmentally conscious products that protects food and drink freshness and nutrition. Check out the supporting in-mall and outdoor activities of the campaign throughout February 2017.
GET YOUR SHOTS! Flu vaccinations are now available at Nahdi pharmacies across the Kingdom, following their collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Yasser Joharji, CEO of Nahdi, said, “We have trained our pharmacists to provide the vaccinations at Nahdi pharmacies; we support the Ministry’s efforts to emphasize the benefits of disease prevention.” 16 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
APP NEWS: SAUDI VAT APP The General Authority for Zakat and Tax has created an app that provides users with tax-related services. It’s a tool that helps in assisting entities calculate Value Added Tax. Using the VAT registration number or CR and QR scan, you can check the VAT registration of entities. This app also enables you to report any VAT violations through the app.
FOR THE LOVE OF EARTH
Certified organic, locally grown, and freshly picked, just for you! This account offers monthly vegetable subscription boxes, along with health tips. _fortheloveofearth_
Be’aty - For the Environment Environmental campaign of weekend! Check them out at the year, Be’aty (managed by the Jeddah Waterfront or visit But Why Productions) is set to their website for more info. launch this month, with events and activities planned for every Web: mygreenksa.com
WE CARE FOR YOUR SAFETY!
Bin Shihon Group, the exclusive distributor for Hankook tires in Saudi Arabia, launched the We Care campaign as part of their CSR program. The campaign aims to promote public awareness of road safety and safe driving to ensure safe roads for all.
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Tips on how to survive it By Maha Adham
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With the current startup ecosystem, an entrepreneurship hype was developed. The word entrepreneur became viral and the number of local start-ups emerging is quite astonishing. How will you ensure your business sees it through the
woods? Being your own boss is great, but building a sustainable business is not easy, especially when the economic situation is difficult, competition is high, and the market is extremely demanding.
THE STARTUP BOOM
SET YOUR GOALS AND DEVISE A PLAN
You need to know where you are heading. When and how will you reach your goals. Track your progress and be aware of your environment – what will deviate you from reaching your goals? How will you manage challenges?
Be in the right place at the right time. Make an effort to introduce yourself to the right people, let them know what you can offer. Network with people who will benefit from your offering and also with people who may help your business grow.
KNOW THE FUNDAMENTALS
DO YOUR RESEARCH
What are your key performance indicators? For healthy business growth, you need to know your numbers. When will you break even? What are your customer acquisition costs? Growth rate? Expected revenue? Target market Percentage?
4 Here are some tips to take into consideration:
1 IF YOU ARE EMPLOYED
do not leave your job – yet! Bring your idea to life; once your startup is successfully growing and you can financially support yourself and your business, make the decision.
TIME MANAGEMENT IS CRITICAL TO SUCCESS FROM THE OUTSET
Your offering needs to be launched at the right time, your business operations need to eliminate waste, and you must be able to make decisions fast. Ultimately, opportunities will be lost if this is not mastered. Moreover, your reputation will be impacted once your business is up and running. You need to be a trustworthy entrepreneur and so does your brand.
Make sure there is place for your startup in the market. Validate your value proposition – will the target market truly benefit from your offering? If this cannot be validated, reconsider your idea. Startup is only a phase. Set your goals, meet them, and move to the next level. Despite the hype, it is not an easy journey. Be smart in the decisions you make, believe in yourself, and stand strong through the rough times. Jeddah can offer you so much to support you through the startup phase. Look for accelerators and/ or mentors, and attend online courses and startup events. Most of all, take care of yourself, to be able to take care of your business and enjoy the journey.
Godfather of Board Games
Rami Sunnari may have unlocked a community trend By Sumaiyya Naseem
On a chilly Thursday evening we walk towards Challenge Round on Yamamah Street, a cat watches us. Upon entering we see Rami Sunnari finish up sweeping dust off the floor. He welcomes us in and we settle at a long table, the walls around us are covered with shelves upon shelves of board games and posters of iconic characters like Yoda. We’re instantly drawn to the trendy space that Rami Sunnari has created. And it’s true, board games are trending, and, to a great extent, Jeddah has Sunnari to thank. Like many of his generation, hours of Sunnari’s childhood were spent playing games like chess and Monopoly. But it wasn’t long before video games garnered a mass appeal that overshadowed traditional tabletop games. A few years ago Sunnari, who works as a computer engineer at Saudi Airlines, rediscovered his childhood interest. He dived right into exploring modern board games and built a collection that he played with his friends and family. Soon after the idea behind Challenge Round was realized, Sunnari knew firsthand how nearly impossible it can be to find a variety of board games in the local market; Challenge Round became the solution to that problem. 22 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
People around me were really enjoying the games, and it gave me the idea to start a place where people can come together to play board games. I also wanted locals to have more access to them. — Rami Sunnari
Sunnari believes that board games are something every home needs, especially during family gatherings and gettogethers. He considers them to be a nice way to put away the screens and socialize in the moment. The proof is in the response Challenge Round has received, “People love the idea and didn’t know so many board games existed. Once they’re introduced they get hooked. Our entertainment culture needs something like this.” Many of its patrons are young women; “They enjoy a variety of games, while boys prefer action-driven games.” In a world where video games seem to be thriving and children are usually seen glued to screens, Sunnari recognizes the value in board games, “They are very social and inclusive. Anyone can take part, whether you’re 8
years old or 80. The problem with video games is the lack of imagination because you watch what someone else has imagined.” Board games are certainly more interactive and require more attention and mental participation than a video game. For example, Pandemic Legacy is a popular option offered at Challenge Round that requires people to team up to find ways to fight worldwide epidemics, “Many of these are cooperative games in which you team up against the game itself. Unlike traditional board games which can last up to days, modern board games sometimes take two or three hours to complete.”
Round has become a hub for likeminded people to network and start Whatsapp groups to organize game nights. Sunnari is part of a group that connects board game enthusiasts across the GCC.
Board games have opened up a new world for Sunnari, “I’ve met people who make their own board games or have weekly meet-ups.” Challenge
As we left Challenge Round, groups of friends had settled around tables to play games. Their laughter and banter followed us out into the night.
Through boardgames, Sunnari discovered the art of painting miniature figures.
For just SR 35 per person, families or groups of friends could spend the entire day playing a selection of tabletop games, including some tied to franchises like Star Wars and Game of Thrones.
S P E C I A L F E AT U R E
Artists and entertainers in Jeddah to look out for Here are some up-and-coming artists to look out for, from different fields and genre, whose collective work reminds us that the arts are always a great addition to our lives.
Here’s one we don’t hear often about: a Saudi graphic novel. Tariq Bokhari is working on one that fuses traditional comic book style with Japanese manga. “The unique challenge of a graphic novel has always been how to direct the reader, whether it’s how to read the book or move from panel to panel, or just emphasizing the right element in each panel to assist in telling the story,” Bokhari said. The book, titled Talo after the 11-year-old main character Talal’s nickname, is about a boy growing up in Saudi Arabia, and references a lot of the urban legends we grew up on – there’s the one about the lady with hooves for feet, and another about the jathoum that sits on your chest to cause sleep paralysis. All these are allegories for some of the themes explored in the book, bullying and family problems, for instance. Bokhari wouldn’t have done at least 60% of his graphic novel without painstaking attention to detail. He does some fan art, to brush up on his technical skills. “I re-draw a lot. For each drawing, panel, and page, I have to consider composition, perspective, angles, what elements I need to highlight or emphasize and how I’ll do that, where the text goes.” comicsfiend
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Shaker Kashgari, 29, is a fulltime calligrapher who believes that practice leads to skill. “You can learn without talent. The main thing is to practice patiently and consistently.” Kashgari is popular for his live calligraphy shows, with the most recent done for Gailah Hub at the Vintage event in Le Prestige Mall. The calligraphy styles he frequently practices are Kufi, Wissam, Diwani, and freestyle. The calligrapher’s process varies depending on the style he’s going for. “If it is Kufi, I sketch by hand then work on Adobe Illustrator. For the other styles I work by hand and then scan.” shakerkashgari
Amr Alngmah tried various art styles until he created his finest masterpiece to date – The Digital Spirituality, a digital sculpture of the Ka’abah made from computer hardware.
“I wanted to create something that combines a computer’s motherboard and the Ka’abah, the most important symbol of the Islamic culture,” he said. He plans on making an innovative piece involving the authentic wooden Roshan of Jeddah’s historical buildings. tolio_
Aya Haider’s work features the use of crafts, the manipulation of photography, and text and language. Her projects, including Soleless Series, often make use of recycled items and are based on themes of the diaspora, displacement, border, and identity politics. She is best known for her bold use of embroidery. “It’s a conscious choice rooted firmly in feminist history where the passing down of
Afra Khan is a DJ and music producer whose artistic persona is known as Anakhemia. She’s a self-taught artist who specializes in electronic mindbody music, and provides workshops in DJing. She believes the music culture of Saudi is slowly being built. “I’m eager to see the new genres that will emerge from Saudi cities.” When performing for events, her process involves creating a set or sequence, but most of it is improvised. She’s working on the launch of Love Rich Club, a premium music consultation for newlyweds. Web: anakhemia.com anakhemia
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stories, culture, from mothers to their children, was done as they crafted collectively.”As a child, Haider’s fascination with telling stories began while spending time with her grandmother, who taught her how to knit as she told stories of Lebanon. Haider’s education in the arts reinforced her process, especially the term she spent at the School of the Art Institute where she studied Fibre and Materials. “It reinforced the humanitarian side to my work. ” Web: ayahaidar.com iamayahaidar
A promising new name in Jeddah’s art scene, Obadah Aljefri has been creating art for all his life. “I find myself in art. My mom, who is really crafty, has always been an inspiration to me.” Aljefri’s earliest works are character designs and caricatures. His debut exhibit under Young Saudi Artists, Trash Bags, is a series of watercolor paintings and a sculpture. The surrealistic artwork represents street cats in the form of trash bags, “It’s personal to me. I wanted to create something that would speak to people and make them think.” His process usually begins with a sketch that he then transforms into a painting, sculpture or illustration. Aljefri likes experimenting with various art forms. Web: obadahaljefri.com artbyobadah
Mohanna Tayeb is known for his dark, surreal portraits.“I take what’s in my subconscious and put it on the canvas. I try to understand myself through what I create.” The portraits he creates are distorted images. “I show the beauty of ugliness in my work. I want everyone to see that there is a positive and negative side. When you hide ugliness, it harms you.” When requested to do a portrait, Tayeb interviews his subject and tries to understand them, including their fears and flaws. Tayeb has also written two novels, both of which explore the relationship between people and the part of Jeddah that they live in. He’s currently writing his third novel and working towards having is own studio where he can further support other artists. He is an active part of the community, and offers regular workshops. He is the founder of The First Movement, a collective of artists who create art without limits or boundaries. mohart_
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Mohammed Rayes started drawing when he was a child. He worked as a cartoonist for Al Sharq Al Awsat, Arab News, and Okaz Daily Newspapers. His work has since moved towards realistic portraits. He explores the pain and beauty of the community through the portraits that he creates, and is inspired by life experiences. “The artist’s inspiration can come through suffering, beauty of the nature around him or even books that he reads.”
Dana Seif is the founder of The Poetry Passport, an open environment where people can share their experiences through spoken word poetry. “Since the whole inspiration behind it was inclusivity, I named this writing collective The Poetry Passport to validate the idea of dissolving borders in the name of self-expression.” While studying Graphic Design in Beirut, Seif discovered writing collectives and realized the positivity of having a space where you can develop your creative writing skills without being graded for every word. Seif considers herself to be a “mosaic person.” “I have many interests. I enjoy photography, doodle illustrations, writing, and listening to other’s stories and transforming them into written word.” thepoetrypassport The Poetry Passport DESTINATIONKSA.COM 29
IN JEDDAH Attention, thrill seekers! BOUNCE, home of the biggest trampoline and entertainment venues in the Middle East, have opened their doors in Jeddah! Not content with launching just one venue, BOUNCE has launched two â€“ one purely for women, and another for men & families. Taking up residency behind Home Works on Madinah Road, both venues are filled wall-to-wall with trampolines and an epic XPARK Adventure Challenge Course. To get jumpers airborne, BOUNCE has installed
over 100 trampolines with 12,000 springs, including an awesome Super Tramp, four times the size of a standard trampoline. One flip on the Super Tramp generates a force of over 14G, and jumping daredevils can take a dive off the towering Cliff Jump onto a giant airbag, which pumps through over 8,000 cubic meters of air per hour to keep bouncers safe. The XPARK is the ultimate freestyle playground featuring more than 15 elements, including a zip line, bouldering
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wall and Santa Monica swings. Designed to offer different levels of difficulty to allow for personal progression and creative expression, the
challenge is to get from the start to the end of the course in the fastest and coolest way possible. Web: bounce.sa
SPEAK ARABIC TO ME
SPOTTED: PALETTE COASTERS
For a community that’s in love with coffee and tea, coasters are home accessories that are sometimes overlooked. Wood Foster’s palette shaped coasters look rustic and will help you avoid cup stains. We like that it’s made locally and recycled from repurposed wood. woodfosterksa
Commemorating World Arabic Day, language institute I Can Talk Arabic (ICTA) held Kallemni Arabi (Speak to me in Arabic), to increase awareness for the importance of Arabic, and to encourage the
youth to speak it. There were various activities, games, competitions, and stage shows that highlighted the beauty of the Arabic language. Web: icantalkarabic.com
Remember The Beatles With Montblanc
Every year, since 2009, Montblanc has been celebrating cultural icons and great thinkers with its Great Characters writing instruments. Their most recent collection comes in three variations, each inspired by an album by The Beatles, one of the most acclaimed bands of all time. A special ink in psychedelic purple is also part of the collection.
Available at Homegrown Market. Price: SR 15
Streaming service STARZ PLAY has partnered with LG to allow subscribers to watch STARZ PLAY’s vast array of Hollywood and Bollywood movies, sametime-as-the-US shows, kids’ entertainment, and the latest Arabic series, all on their LG TV Screens.
IDDESIGN IN BLOOM! IDDesign, a furniture retailer with Scadinavian design themes, has launched its 2018 catalogue at a lavish event in Gold Moor on Jan. 19. The catalogue features new products for relaxation, dining, home decor and the bedroom. Web: iddesign.com iddesign_official
A LIFE OF ART AND DESIGN Amar Alamdar talks about interior design and being dyslexic By Sumaiyya Naseem
A spiral staircase leads to Amar Alamdar’s sitting room, which is teeming with items from around the world. Here, we have freshly brewed coffee while discussing the pivotal moments that shaped the interior designer into the artist that he is today.
Don’t worry if you are deprived, it is what will make you do something good, creative. Don’t restrict yourself, whatever you find interesting, pursue it. — Amar Alamdar
Installment from the Pavilion.
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“I wanted to become a film director. But back in the 80s in Saudi Arabia, I didn’t know how I could pursue that.” With cinemas opening soon, he laughs and notes that now is a good time to be one. He joined business school instead, but one day as Alamdar was walking down the hall at college in London, he came across something that made him stop in his tracks: a display of interior design projects. He then requested to change his major. “Interior design was always in me. When I was a child, I drew my own home, and I loved the furniture more than the rooms. I like to think about how objects make us feel and how we relate to them.” Looking around the room, Alamdar’s inclination for material memory becomes clear – antique teapots from Syria, Spanish chairs, Indian windows, and a bird cage in the shape of a Parisian cathedral. He has objects from all over the world, and some from local flea markets or even the streets of Jeddah – there is a large cocoon chair he found discarded on Tahlia Street. This fascination for things is tied to his love for traveling and exploring the cultures of the world. Imagination is at the heart of Alamdar’s passion, whether it’s a scene evoked while listening to Fayruz or an item that reminds him of a time in his life. He even prefers to sketch and draw in pencil. “In gray scale, I can imagine the colors myself, it’s limitless. But once you paint or use colors, it’s the death of imagination.” This isn’t the eccentricity of
A cathedral-inspired birdcage.
an artist; Alamdar’s dyslexia equips him with a different lens with which he views the world. He discovered he was dyslexic in college. “When I found out, I cried as I thought about all the suffering I went through in school. It was like I’d been limping and didn’t know I had a limp.” Once he realized he could live with dyslexia, Alamdar felt empowered by his ability to visualize and construct in his mind. Later, as an interior design graduate, he joined the workforce and has since worked on many large-scale projects and started his own interior design business. He believes that life works in patterns of the number four, “Just like there are four elements, seasons and limbs. In my life, every four years there has been some change, whether I chose it or something forced me to change. Plan what you
do in the next four years and a new opportunity or change should present itself by then.” In November, Alamdar’s Pavilion turned heads at the Tasmeem Art Fair. It was his first major exhibition after four years of battling cancer, a period of time that completely changed his outlook on life. Suffering is essential for the artist, he believes. Being hospitalized deprived him of his lifestyle and gave him a new philosophy which is reflected in the Pavilion, and which he hopes to apply to a bigger project. Alamdar’s design and concept of the Pavilion allowed Jeddah to re-discover a promising artist. Web: amaralamdar.com amardesign
SAUDI CINEMA Rolling out the red carpet for the country’s filmmakers
It’s a great time to be part of the Saudi entertainment industry, especially now that cinemas are officially coming to the country. Here are some of the country’s filmmakers who have already said the three golden words: lights, camera, action!
Mohammed Salman Mohammed Salman has directed and produced several short films, including The Wedding Dress (2017), Yellow (2016) and Epouvantail (2014). Salman has also worked as a photographer, guitarist and composer. He has received many awards for his work, including the Best Documentary Award
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for Yellow at the Saudi Film Festival in 2016, the Best Script Award for Epouvantail in the Tangier Film Festival in Morocco in 2016, and also the Best Director of a Short Foreign Language Film award for Epouvantail at the 2016 London International Film Festival. Web: salmanmo.com msalman09
Co-founder of Telfaz11, a Saudi production house that releases content online, Kalthami is a filmmaker, director, and writer. His recent short film, Wasati (2016), was funded by King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture. The film is based on real events that led to the shutting down of a theater where a play was being performed. It was screened in Los Angeles and at the same theater at Al Yamamah University in Riyadh, nearly two decades after the event. Some of the online series that he has directed include Khambalah and La Yekthar. He directed and co-wrote Suwailem Al Talga, which received Gold Awards in Dubai Lynx and the Lorez Award Ceremony. Kalthami is a positive influence on Saudi filmmaking, proving that we can create culturally sound and entertaining content without an official cinema industry. kalthami
A scene from The Bliss of Being No One
Ayman Tamano is the director of Madayen, a found-footage narrative set in the notoriously haunted Madain Saleh ruins. Madayen, which was written by actor Abdulhakeem Jomah (who also played the leading role), was his first feature film. It gained recognition from various international film festivals, including receiving the Bronze Award at the Spotlight Horror Film Festival 2017, Official Selection in the Los Angeles Arab Film Festival 2017, Best Narrative Feature at the Barcelona Planet Film Festival 2017, and 4th Best Foreign Film in the Horror Hotel Film Festival 2017. Tamano was the Director of Photography (DOP) for Saudi hip hop artist Qusai’s music videos, like Berlin to Jeddah and Dreams. He is currently working as a director and writer for another Saudi feature film and is writing a novel. ayman_tamano
Bader Alhomoud is a filmmaker and cinematographer who has written and directed several short films and commercials. In 2016, he received the Best Muhr Gulf Short award at the Dubai Film Festival for his film The Bliss Of Being
No One. He directed, wrote, and produced the film, which follows a young man who meets an aging man while dealing with the loss of his entire family. His film Scrap won an award at the Gulf Film Festival in 2013. baderalhomoud
A scene from Zaina’s Cake
Nada Al Mojadedi
Born and raised in Jeddah, Al Mojadedi moved to Los Angeles a few years ago to pursue an MFA in filmmaking. Her first short film, Zaina’s Cake (2015), was nominated
for the best Muhr Gulf Short Award at the Dubai International Film Festival. The film follows Zaina, a recent college graduate in Jeddah struggling to launch a cake-baking business without the approval of her father. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 35
Fahmi Farahat is a SaudiGerman director & producer. After directing two awardwinning films at university, he picked up right after he graduated to direct and produce his first full-length film, Saudis in America, in 2007. A year later, Fahmi joined the crew and started working on the coproduction of A Father Taken, a short film which received the Audience Choice Award in a film festival in California and was previously premiered in several countries. During his time in the U.S., Fahmi has worked on several other films including Ahmad’s Xmas Carol, Lulu’s Curls, Eid ElUm, and Three Veils.
After moving back to Saudi Arabia in 2011, Fahmi worked on several award-winning films and projects which were screened internationally, including Winak?, The Corporation, and One Man’s Tricycle. He recently produced The Wedding Dress along with director Mohammed Salman, a surrealist drama about a seamstress who believes that sewing a wedding dress for her daughter would kill her. He is currently working on a short film titled A Marriage of Convenience, filmed in Sharqiya, that follows a newlywed Saudi couple meeting for the first time on their wedding night. Web: filmsbyfahmi.com
A scene from Wake Me Up
Reem Al Bayyat
Director Reem Al Bayyat won Best Director of a Short Foreign Language Film award at the Milan Film Festival (MFF) for Wake Me Up, starring actors Ibrahim Al Hasawi, Samar Al Bayyat, and Ahd Kamel. Last year, Al Bayyat was also named Best Director in the Short Foreign Language Film category at the 36 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
Madrid Film Festival for the same movie, which is the story of Salam, a single woman in her early 40s, whose sons and daughters alike live far away from her. Salam is lonely and comes across as bitter against the world. However, amid her mid-life crisis, Salam finds herself rekindling her passion
for dance, only to then be faced with society’s judgments and a sense of guilt. Al Bayyat directed the film, wrote the script, and co-wrote the screenplay. Wake Me Up was first shown at the Dubai Film Festival (DFF) held recently, and was among the best GCC short films. ReemSalbayyat
Meshal Al Jaser
When you watch viral short films of YouTube channel Folaim, it’s hard to imagine that behind it is a 22-year-old named Mashael Al Jaser. This Saudi film director, writer, and actor pushes the boundaries of filmmaking, often exploring social themes using dark humor, eccentric aesthetics, and a sharp wit. His latest trending film Can I go out? is a musical parody of sorts that tackles issues young Saudi women encounter. On the international front, he was the youngest director to to debut at the Saudi Film Days Festival. Al Jaser’s Is Sumiyati Going to Hell? was selected by Paramount Pictures to be screened at their studios and in Ace Theatre in Los Angeles. The film also won the top prize for Qumrah. Currently, Meshal is based in L.A., where he is completing his BFA in screenwriting. MeshalAljaser
Maha Al Saati
Maha Al Saati considers herself to be “an independent experimental filmmaker striving to make low-budget films and videos in an increasingly commercial world.” She directed and co-produced Fear: Audibly, a thriller that explores the experimental ruminations of the end of days. The film was screened at the 4th Saudi Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and The Arab
Film Festival in Rotterdam. Al Saati also filmed Elo’s Nest, a short horror film about two girls who learn of the myth of the headless Aswang. Apart from being a filmmaker and, at some point, an interior designer, she is also a member of the academe, teaching and writing in the field of media studies, interactive narratives, and adventure games. She holds a PhD in Interactive Arts and Technology from Simon Fraser University. mahalsa film
Abdullah Al Eyaf
Abdullah Al Eyaf is an award-winning filmmaker and founding member of the Saudi Film Competition. He has served as the jury member for many film festivals like the Gulf Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Al Eyaf has written, directed and produced several short films including Cinema 500km, Matar and Six Blind Eyes. His film Aayesh won an award for Best Screenplay at the 2012 Saudi Film Festival, and the 1st Prize for Best Short Film at the Gulf Film Festival in 2010. The film follows a lonely morgue security guard whose daily routine is disrupted one day and causes significant change in his life. Email: email@example.com
Hanaa Saleh Alfasi
Hanaa Saleh Alfasi is a writer, director and the co-founder of Axe Pictures. She has written, directed and produced several short films, including The Last Sohour, a dark comedy, and Lollipop, a coming-ofage drama that was funded by ENJAAZ, a Dubai Film Market Initiative. Her short films Haweya and Hadaf aired on MBC and were watched by millions of viewers. She also produced KSA In Their Eyes, a feature documentary that was aired on Al Jazeera Documentary. Alfasi has received many awards for her work, including the Silver Award at the California Film Awards in 2011. She is a published poet. hanasalehalfasi
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A scene from The Last Sohour
Looking for Saudi films? Here’s what’s on our must-watch list.
Born A King
Genre: Historical Drama Language: English Filmed in between Riyadh and London, this periodic drama and coming-of-age story is based on King Faisal’s true-to-life voyage as a young 14-year-old Prince to England on a
diplomatic mission. Due to be released this year, the fulllength film is directed by Agusti Villaronga and will be starring famous Hollywood actors alongside new local Saudi talents.
Genre: Drama Language: Arabic with English Subtitles
The first full-length film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, Wadjda was a hit on the international circuit. It was directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, now an iconic name in
Genre: Experimental | Art House Language: None An experimental film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia that explores the cycle of life, its structure is derived from a pre-Islamic form of poetry called Qasida. It was produced by Abdullah Aleyaf and Todd Albert Nims under The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture and directed by the critically acclaimed Andrew Lancaster. Part documentary, Joud takes you on a journey through Saudi Arabia and its people. Web: joudmovie.com
the industry, being one of the first Saudi female filmmakers of our time. The movie tells the story of a young Saudi girl trying to raise funds to buy a green bicycle.
Genre: Documentary Language: Arabic with English Subtitles
With movie theaters opening soon, this documentary by veteran filmmaker Abdullah Al Eyaf will be a good reminder of what it was like without cinemas within reach. It
tackles the ban through the stories of Saudi film buffs who travel outside the Kingdom to watch movies on the silver screen. The full documentary is on Vimeo.
LG Home Entertainment Defined Your Cinema at Home Cinemas are coming soon to Saudi, and here’s one way to prepare for it: a gripping home entertainment experience. With LG’s ultramodern technology, you can transform your personal space into an extraordinary zone that simulates that great in-themovies feeling. LG’s OLED TV is part of the LG Signature line, the sleek and sophisticated machine is the perfect balance of aesthetics and function. The SUPER UHD TV has been gathering much buzz ever since its launch. The TV is equipped with Nano Cell Technology that gives a trueto-life effect. The realistic and accurate colors are achieved with the use of Nano particles that absorb unwanted light wavelengths. The SUPER UHD TV ensures that every single person at your movie night party gets a good viewing
angle. Regardless of where a person is seated they won’t miss out on any detail. Dolby Atmos, by contrast, frees sound from channels. It’s the first cinematic audio format in which sounds exist as individual entities, called audio objects. In Dolby Atmos, any sound—the helicopter, a bird call—can exist as an independent audio object, free of channel restrictions. They can be precisely placed and moved anywhere in your room, including overhead, to flow above and around you in
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A CONVERSATION WITH
NISREEN GHANDOURAH Author of Al Nahr Al Thalith By Sumaiyya Naseem
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Nisreen Ghandourah was a reader long before she published her own novel. As a child, the cabinets filled with books at home fascinated her, and the earliest seeds of writing were sowed while listening to her father read the stories in the Qur’an.
There’s so much beauty in the storytelling. Each chapter and section is written for a particular audience. The Qur’an taught me the importance of knowing your audience, and finding the right point of view and the reason you’re telling the story. — Nisreen Ghandourah
The metaphysical elements in the Qur’an fed her imagination and inspired her. A strong sense of language made her stand out in high school, and it was then that she realized she had a unique voice in writing. She believes that it’s important 42 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
to discover one’s creative identity, saying, “Writing takes hard work. Once you know your voice you can build it.” The Saudi writer was only 22 when she completed her debut, Al Nahr Al Thalith (The Third River). Soon after graduating from Dar Al Hekma University in 2005, she dedicated her time and efforts to writing a story about the Iraq war of 2003. It’s been a decade since her debut was published, and since that time she has established herself as a promising voice from Saudi Arabia. It was after the publication of her debut that Ghandourah evolved into a well-known and respected writer. Under the wing of her publisher, she was able to connect with readers at book fairs and literary events, the most recent being the International Jeddah Book Fair. She dedicated the next few years to learning more about her craft. “I understood that any work could be better, so I took creative writing courses. There are hundreds of references on writing, but I wanted to be around likeminded people who are passionate about stories.” The courses she took were from City University, London School of Journalism, and Oxford University. Armed with an eye for introspection, she began revisiting her favorite Arabic novels to analyze and explore what made a story or character interesting. In the previous year, she used Instagram as a platform
to share her thoughts on the books she’s been reading. Ghandourah doesn’t believe in the concept of star ratings, “I prefer appreciating books for their quality, even if they don’t match my taste. I look at the effort, idea, creative style and relevance.” In her reviews, she introduces the plot of the book, gives her opinion and highlights the main takeaways. Ghandourah teamed up with Jeddah Reads to give a talk on Naguib Mahfouz, titled Respected Sir, after one of her favorite novels by the late author. It was a chance for her to dig deeper and introduce local readers to the brilliance of the writer and how he captured an era of Egypt through literature. She feels it’s important to have such literary discussions in Jeddah, and more options for buying books. “We need libraries or literary clubs where people can get together to discuss books. When I was in my teenage years we had a problem with supply, but we can shop online now.” While collections in local bookstores are still quite limited, websites like Jamalon and Book Depository are good options for bookworms. Nisreen Ghandourah is currently writing her second novel, which is set in Saudi Arabia. The story follows a set of characters who were raised in Saudi in the 80s. “The main character is a horse trainer; I was inspired by the beautiful description of horses in classical Arabic poetry.”
Available on jamalon.com
Al Nahr Al Thalith follows three journalists on a mission to cover the untold stories of the war in Iraq. Ghandourah took up the task of conducting intensive research through documentaries, books, interviews, and diaries to expand her sense of Iraqi culture and society. Her novel shows that life goes on, but it’s up to people in a crisis to either recover or collapse. “I wanted to highlight the reality of war and its destruction of human legacy. Through my characters I portrayed how it affects people on a social and psychological level. War doesn’t solve problems, it just makes people scared of each other.”
SUPPORT LOCAL Nisreeen Ghandourah recommends the works of Saudi writers, Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Taher Zahrani, Mohanna Tayeb, and Fahd Al Fahd. Web: nisreenag.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org n_ghandourah
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WHITE SNEAKS WITH EVERYTHING!
Nothing is more comfortably stylish than a pair of white sneakers that go with everything. They can be dressed up or down, and they work with everything in the closet – dark, bright, or neutral colors.
Dolce & Gabbana Leather and Lace Sneakers SR 3,360
Adidas Samba Embossed Leather Lace Up Sneaker SR 370
Saint Laurent Court Classic SL/06 SR 2,230
Adidas Originals NMD_R1 SR 490
New Collection by NEXT NEXT has launched their 2018 Spring collection with permanently reduced prices across the children’s range. The new women’s collection is all about the attention to detail, with denim dominating and classic styles interspersed with new features like cropped lengths and bleached washes.
Have you heard? This Saudi-based platform is all you need, and it has a vast variety of products. Want to buy an iPhone or the latest trendy accessories? A toy for your pet, or perhaps a new grill for cool BBQ nights? Head on to their website and you’ll find all that and much more. App is free and available in iTunes and Google Play. Web: noon.com/ar-sa
FAWN OVER FENTY Fenty Beauty dropped a new flawlessly perfect Lip Paint. Best thing about it is that it suits all skin tones, and lasts up to 12 hours on your lips. What else can you ask for? Thank you, Rihanna! Web: sephora.sa Available online only.
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TWILLY D’HERMES LAUNCHES
Hermes launched their new fragrance, Twilly d’Hermes, at Park Hyatt on Jan. 18. The launch event was attended by VIPs, media and bloggers. The fragrance was created by perfumer Christine Nagel with bold, fearless young women in mind. Its powdery floral scent features key notes of ginger, tuberose, and sandalwood.
ARAB FASHION COUNCIL
PICK OF THE MONTH
The Arab Fashion Council, the world’s largest non-profit fashion council representing 22 Arab countries, announces the opening of its office in Riyadh and appoints Princess Noura bint Faisal Al Saud as honorary president. This strategic move marks a milestone for the Kingdom, and will also contribute to the establishment of a sustainable fashion infrastructure within the Arab world.
Princess Noura bint Faisal Al Saud
Jacob Abrian , Founder and Chief Executive
Layla Issa Abuzaid , Country Director – KSA
coupnp COUP celebrates nature and the art of storytelling through statement jewelry.
Foulard’s collection of stylish headscarves are inspired by the simplicity and femininity of women. Web: foulardstore.com foulard_f
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SHOES DRAMA AND
THE RED CARPET TAKE-OVER
Before KiraKira, there was “ ” [tir tir, Saudi slang for sequins]. And before red carpet fashion in Hollywood, there was Thursday night in Saudi Arabia.
For decades, Arabs have always been unapologetically overdressed. Call it #BeduFab or the by-product of a decadent lifestyle, but we‘ve always possessed a magpielike attention to all things Swarovski, and today, unfortunately, that obsession has gone to our heads – literally (Huda Beauty highlighters, anyone?). Our affinity of all things gaudy has allowed us to fill the void in the
international fashion scene, which was left by its current penchant for street style minimalism, a lethargic economy, and most recently, the tainted headliner in evening wear, Marchesa (thank you, Harvey Weinstein)! Nowadays, it’s common to see A-list celebrities struggling to announce the Arab name of who they are wearing. Red carpet fashion is just one way Arab designers are taking over the fashion industry.
In this issue, we pick a few of favorite red carpet looks by Arab designers to celebrate their international rise.
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Araya Hargate in Ashi Studio, Cannes Film Festival 2015 Saudi couturier Mohammed Ashi of Ashi Studio has become a Hollywood favorite for his structured, standout red carpet pieces.
Angelina Jolie in Elie Saab Couture, Oscars 2014 Angelina Jolie & Jane Fonda may have worn the same Elie Saab dress to the same award show #FireYourStylist, but that just goes to show how in-demand the Lebanese “diva of fashion” actually is on the red carpet!
Jennifer Lopez in Reem Acra, 43rd Peoples Choice Awards, 2017 Reem Acra got a lot of shade from online fashion critics who saw the dress as a knockoff from Vietnamese designer Ly Qui Khanh, but we just can’t resist the stunning, jewelencrusted bodice. Didn’t see your favorite look here? Tag us and we’ll include the most tagged in our annual “BEST RED CARPET LOOKS” list online! shoesanddrama
Elizabeth Banks in Razan Alazzouni, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 Premier, 2015 The dress triggered fashion critics to Banks’ style, and to Saudi designer Razan Alazzouni. #Bonus! DESTINATIONKSA.COM 47
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BEARD LOVIN’ Grooming products and tips for all you fellas.
It’s winter time, fellas. Since “No Shave November” is way over, we have decided to give you some tips, tricks, and platforms that will help get you well-groomed and make you feel and look good.
Shave Lab “Luxury Shaving - Low Prices”
The Shave Lab is specifically targeted towards individualists, minimalists, and those who love durability. Launched back in 2010, this Dubaibased company decided to revolutionize the way people use razors. They also offer monthly razor blades subscription plans for both men and women. Web: shavelab.ae shavelab.ae
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Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that you should stop using your sunscreen. We recommend: Neutrogena Ultra Sheer SPF 70.
This Lebanon-based brand has got everything you need for your beard. Their product line includes beard oil, beard balm, and mustache wax. Web: thebeardacademy.com theboushanab
BEST WINTER PRODUCTS: KIEHL’S EYE ALERT What’s better than using a caffeinated cream that refreshes you in the morning? Eye Alert helps to do that, and erases signs of a sleepless night.
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BOOTS NO7 MEN POSTSHAVE RECOVERY BALM This soothing balm works on calming your skin after shaving, in addition to giving it a long-lasting hydration.
Digin Grooming The First Beard Grooming Products in Saudi Arabia.
What does your beard need? They got everything from styling to skin-care products like beard oils and balms. Founded back in 2015, “Digin is geared towards bearded men with discriminating taste, men who appreciate quality products and don’t compromise on what’s best for their beard”. Web: digingrooming.com digingrooming
The Box is a monthly subscription box that offers grooming and styling products for both men and women. by signing up for this service you can get a personalized box every month, based on your likings. Web: theboxonline.co thebox_sa
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If you love a spicytwist in your dessert, or are simply a fan of ginger (first of all, same), then Meybona’s Organic Dark Ginger Chocolate is one you’ve got to keep in your snack basket. A piece or two will satisfy your sugar cravings, with hints of ginger to keep things edgy. Price: SR 10 Available at Danube.
SHOBAK KEEPS GETTING BETTER!
Our favorite destination for all things pie, Shobak, has an upgraded menu with lots of new, tantalizing items. The new items include salads, like the kale salad and berry salad, halloumi skewers, alfredo pie and eggs & sujuk. If you’re looking for something a bit sweet, try the pecan pie – it’s nutty-good! Location: Aster Center 1, Tahlia St. (Check out other branches on their website.) Web: shobak.com shobakpie 50 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
The Art of Sushi With an elegant and classy ambiance, Sushi Art presents beautifully decorated sushi and maki rolls. Their signature rolls, like Rainbow Roll, offer delightful bursts of flavor and are striking in the freshness of the colors. The Dragon Tempura Roll is a must-have if you’d like
something with shrimp tempura. If you are, shockingly, not into sushi then don’t worry, Sushi Art has lots of other options, including a filling chicken katsu curry. Location: Red Sea Mall Web: sushiart.sa sushiartksa
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The Counter Burger’s sweet sriracha fries are topped with sesame seeds, and we love that distinct taste of sweet and spice that comes with each crunchy bite. Location: Etoile Mall, Malik Rd., Zahra Dist. thecounterjeddah
We Love Cookie Skillets Topped with creamy vanilla ice cream that gives it a perfect balance of hot and cold, Chicken Republic’s cookie in a skillet is the dessert we’d like to end every meal with. It’s soft, chewy and will melt in your mouth!
PICK OF THE MONTH
poka_yoka Their gourmet handmade popcorn is available in four intense flavors: cheese, chocolate, caramel and lotus. We love the packaging and freshness! Price: SR 30
Location: Khaldiya Center, Prince Sultan Rd. chickenrepublicksa
THIS JUST IN: TORTILLA Mexican Grill
We’re in it for the portion size and endless fillings and toppings! At Tortilla you can customize your
hearty burrito, tacos and crispygood nachos to satisfaction. Top it with meat, chicken or go full-veggie if you like. Thumbs up for great food with good music and a nice view of the city. Location: Red Sea Mall, Malik Rd. tortillaksa
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DINING AROUND TOWN
PARIS IN JEDDAH Odette brings its charms – and puffs – to town. If you’re missing one of the best things about Paris – its pastry shops and their exquisite offerings of heavenly pastries – just head on over to the newly opened Odette Paris in Jeddah, where you can recreate that old Parisian feeling in every delightful bite of their cream puffs. With most of their ingredients coming from France, the puffs – or choux a la creme in French – are airy and light, and filled with rich, flavored cream. They are baked daily at Odette, ensuring that crisp freshness is retained. All the popular flavors from Paris are available here, but Odette Paris is also planning on creating flavors specific to the Saudi market, with special offers on Saudi holidays like Eid. Location: Prince Saud Al Faisal St., Rawdah Dist. Tel: +966-12-6633466 odetteparis.sa
Visit the quaint shop and pick up a couple of puffs, or place an order for their “puff towers” to delight bigger parties.
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Outsource Your Food! Serving up the best catering options in town.
Silverspoon by Casper & Gambiniâ€™s stands out, offering completely customized and personalized menus for your special event. Check them out! Mob: +966-530902288 silverspoonksa
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Their refined Italian cuisine has many refreshing options. They also provide serving, so you can feel like a guest at your own party! Mob: +966-555685995 lavidalounge
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AL SHURAFA GOURMET
This restaurant is known for it’s quality and authentic food. Luckily, that gourmet quality extends to their catering service! Tel: +966-12-6602743
KIDS CATERING KSA
Enjoy fun themed food for playful occasions for your children. Mob: +966-531193333 kidscateringksa
Serving various cuisines, including Indian and Turkish, they also provide catering for corporate events with chefs and waiting staff. Tel: +966-12-6061084 idealcateringeu
Arzaz Kitchen specializes in catering traditional Hijazi food. Web: arzaz.com
They offer catering to big corporate and industrial events, weddings and even private parties. They offer everything from open buffets to stylish canapé parties. nesma.catering_western.area
TEEN W ZAYTON
Teen W Zayton by Wafaa Yaghmour is a catering service for Levantine food. Just contact them two days prior if you want home-style catering for your party. teen_w_zayton Whatsapp: +966-567494929
While they don’t exactly provide the food, Rumman will make your dinner setting look gorgeous.
Breaking Bread’s simplicity will let you host your friends everyday with gourmet sandwiches and salads! Tel: +966-12-6671110 breakingbreadksa
They provide wholesome Saudi and international food. Mob: +966-504599025 ramla_cuisine 56 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
EAT KITCHEN JEDDAH
Catering on wheels, EAT Kitchen travels with an onsite chef who hosts live cooking stations.
Mob: +966-543330138 rumman.sa
Mob: +966-546020800 eat_kitchen_jeddah
CASPER & GAMBINI’S
They provide the finest of catering with handcrafted hospitality. Mob: +966-563148435 debyazah
Their catering is packed for freshness and refreshing flavors. Tel: +966-12-6637979 Email: catering.ksa@ casperandgambinis.com
CASPER & GAMBINI’S
Their home and corporate catering is innovatively packed for freshness and refreshing flavors.
Their diverse catering options will make your personal event more luxurious and unique.
Tel: +966-12-6637979 Email: catering.ksa@ casperandgambinis.com
Tel: +966-12-2639666 Email: Jeddah.park@ hyatt.com
H E A LT H Y L I V I N G
WORKOUTS AT THE CORNICHE with Mai Kholief When you live in Jeddah, one of the most exciting times of the year is when the weather is finally cool and breezy. With that and the renovations of the new Corniche, I couldnâ€™t help but plan a workout for everyone to enjoy and make the most out of this time of the year.
SIMPLE YET EFFECTIVE
- For 30 seconds, run if youâ€™re an advanced athlete or jog if you are a beginner, followed by a fast-paced walk, also for 30 seconds. - Looking for a challenge and some more fun? Switch between running and jumping rope every minute. Jumping rope helps build powerful calves for running and improves overall athletic performance. This style of training is called HIIT (high-intensity interval training) and is a cardio exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less intense recovery periods. The best thing about this workout is that anyone can do it anywhere, anytime.
HOW DOES HIIT WORK?
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Want to track your progress? The FitBit tracks your calories, heart rate, steps, and even sleep quality. It can easily be ordered online from Amazon.com.
100% of your effort during the 30 seconds of work. Intense bursts of effort followed by short resting periods increase your body’s need for oxygen, bring your heart rate up, help increase metabolism, and allow the body to burn fat for up to 48 hours after. Who doesn’t want that?
ACCESSORIZE I have to admit that one of the biggest challenges for females enjoying an outdoors run in Jeddah is the workout gear. You can get affordable gear, such as a light and comfortable running abaya from Mulu Athletics, and also find good quality jump ropes in sports shops such as Nike or Sun & Sands Sports. Avoid running injuries by investing in a good pair of running shoes.
Exercise is a powerful antidepressant. When we exercise, our bodies release mood-enhancing endorphins that help us feel euphoric and relaxed. It releases muscle tension, improves sleeping habits, and reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. As a fitness coach, I always hear about how people don’t have the proper space or enough time to exercise. My advice to you, my dear reader, is: You don’t have to have the fanciest equipment or even sign up at a gym – all you need is some simple and affordable gear to go and enjoy the outdoors and disconnect. Take care of your body, it’s the only thing you’ve got! DESTINATIONKSA.COM 59
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TECHNOLOGY ENABLED CARE A range of new technology is creating opportunities across the health care industry. By Dr. Rida Al Khadra, MD
Chronic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes, remain the epidemic of our time, primarily due to health risk behaviors. Health care providers have long struggled with several persistent problems in order to improve patient experience; their interactions with their patients are sporadic, giving them little insight into the daily decisions
and activities that have a huge impact on their health. Providers could be much more effective in supporting their patientsâ€™ health if it was easy, or even automatic, for information and feedback to flow between patients, providers, and caregivers. Fortunately, new technology continues to make that increasingly possible.
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PATIENT GENERATED HEALTH DATA (PGHD)
With recent availability of home-based and wearable technologies, health delivery systems now have the capability to collect real-time patient-generated health data (PGHD) directly into the electronic medical record (EMR). Following patient consent, PGHD can be safely transferred into an EMR via a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-secure portal.
Scientists have developed a new type of blood testing equipment called “lab-ona-chip” which is a type of portable equipment that can process blood samples in just few minutes.
E-SKIN INTERNET OF THINGS
One of the key breakthroughs is the Internet of Things (IoT), which makes objects smart through embedded sensors and links them using wireless networks enabling everything from remote monitoring to self-regulating medications. It will also help transform how health care is delivered—and alter hospital, health system, nursing home, and medical device company operating models. New payment policies can create the business case for achieving these outcomes.
E-skin is a thin electronic material that mimics human skin. One of the E-skin technologies is a smart apparel that has multiple sensors which monitor body movement such as bending,
stretching and twisting joints. It provides accurate and stable measurement of blood pressure, heartbeats, pulse, and blood oxygen level, including an ECG system that checks the heart’s electrical activity. A 2016 Survey of US Health Care Consumers, which tested consumer reactions to technology-enabled home care in 15 scenarios covering different types of technology and applications including (telemedicine, and drones/ robotics), found that seven in ten consumers are likely to use at least one of the technologies presented; consumers are most interested in using it for post-surgical care and chronic disease monitoring. Caregivers are also more likely to use telemedicine and remote monitoring technology than non-caregivers. The world is now embarking on an aspiring journey to introduce Technology Enabled Care in health; as many people, especially the millennial generation are into health and fitness technologies. These technologies provide the groundwork and future model for healthcare delivery, which will navigate the healthcare needs of the 21st century.
Dr. Rida Al Khadra, MD is the Director and Senior Consultant at the Eye Center, and the Strategic Director of Corporate Communications and Marketing at the International Medical Center in Jeddah.
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BOOKING BY THE BEACH
Coral Beach Resort Sharjah in the UAE is rewarding beach lovers just for being themselves – guests who book their rooms directly through the resort’s website get extra benefits that include a complimentary breakfast and lunch or dinner, and an upgrade to a room with a sea view.
CELEBRATE LOVE IN PHUKET
The Langham, New York received the Silver Certification by EarthCheck, the travel industry’s leader in benchmarking, certifying, and advising sustainability in tourism, for its program CONNECT. Through CONNECT, the hotel helps its staff be more mindful about the consumption of energy, water, and other natural resources, minimizing its impact on the environment it operates in. Web: langhamhospitalitygroup.com
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Anantara Hotels & Resorts in the breathtaking island of Phuket has an array of romantic activities for you and your loved one to choose from. Enjoy sunset by the beach, a peaceful lagoon setting,
terraces with vibrant views, or go island hopping, snorkeling, get pampered at a spa, or shop at the bustling street market in the heart of Phuket’s Old Town. Web: phuket.anantara.com
THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY
“I” FOR IRELAND The island has something for everyone.
The stunning Atlantic island that was featured in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
SKELLIG MICHAEL Step into the past at the newest luxury hotel, Titanic Hotel Belfast, and uncover the true story of the Titanic.
Wave-riding thrillseekers and sensitive souls alike lose their hearts to the Surf Coast.
Ireland is blessed with world-class courses in some of the most spectacular locations in the world.
A SENSORY ADVENTURE The Destination Jeddah team’s stay at the stylish and elegant Renaissance Downtown Hotel in Dubai was a sensory adventure, from the check-in at its aweinspiring lobby with inspired art features and Arabesque patterns, to the guest room where brilliant lightscapes create playful shadows and the bathroom offers luxurious Amouage amenities. Following the theme of the locale, the first of the hotel’s signature outlets provides a vibrant contemporary twist on traditional Middle Eastern design. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 63
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CRĂˆME DE LA CREME A dairy reverie at the heart of France.
We ventured to France on a culinary journey organized by Cream of Europe to discover the origins of French dairy. The trip took us to the picturesque countryside and onto the streets of Paris, where the finest patisseries have long mastered the use of exquisite French cream. Our journey begins at the heart of dairy produce, Normandy. It is in Isigny Ste Mere, a collective consisting of 430 farms and one of two protected designation of Origin Creams, 64 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
that we got to experience authentic provincial French hospitality. We were welcomed by the sight of cows grazing across green grass fields, the overcast above us warned of rain fall at any given time. This bucolic setting doesnâ€™t only make for a tranquil scenic view but is in fact one of the secrets behind the superiority of French dairy products. Isigny Ste Mere is a top tier terroir. Its soil is rich and
This entails ascribing the level of authenticity and approved procedures in order to maintain the established reputation of a region in terms of its products in the marketplace. Our discovery trip to Normandy was followed by two refreshing days of exploring the key places in Brittany. We learned about terroir, a set of three natural factors (soil, topography, and climate) that impart certain qualities to the produce grown in the region. When cows graze on the special flora, the cheese that is later produced from the milk reflects the quality of the terroir. Gaec de Toul Manacâ€™h Farm
fertile, the region has mild weather throughout the year, and if you pair that with their strong producer culture that has been preserved and mastered throughout centuries; you have the best conditions to produce excellent milk and thereby, exceptional cream, butter, and other dairy ingredients. A visit to their factory opened our eyes to the rigorous process of milk production. The cooperative ensures that it meets POD (Protected Origin of Designation) standards.
In Brittany, we also visited GAEC de Toul Manacâ€™h, a Paysan Breton farm, where we explored the milk-production units and the special care that goes into animal welfare. To ensure maximum comfort for the animals, the farm we visited was equipped with massage appliances for the cows. They also had music in the stables since cows produce more milk while listening to music. To further provide comfort to the animals, the farm incorporated automatic machines that milked the cows at their convenience. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 65
Interestingly, Brittany is one of the two milk-producing regions that has ideal climate for farming. In fact, it is the most important milk-producing region in France. The farms in Britanny are largely familyrun, where skills are passed down from one generation to the next. The informative trip to Brittany was followed by a sweet gastronomic adventure. We headed towards Paris, fashion capital and equally, haute dessert central. We witnessed and tasted how French cream are artfully incorporated to transform desserts. 66 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
During our visit to La Maison de la Crème by Elle&Vire, we attended a masterclass and demonstration by Chef Ludovic Chesnay on choux à la crème filling. Our most memorable stop was at the Un Dimanche a Paris, a patisserie where its renowned executive pastry chef Nicolas Bacheyre held a unique workshop focusing the fine qualities of this famous ingredient. For a couple of hours, the scent of vanilla and oven fresh baked goods marveled our sense. We were captivated by the skillful manipulation of French cream, known for its ability to withstand rigorous culinary application, to create velvety whitescapes and fluffy toppings. The flavors beautifully matched the pristine aesthetics, delicately balanced and textured.
Visit to Gaec de Toul Manac’h farm with Mr. Jaouen
We went back to Saudi Arabia with a newfound appreciation of French creams (President, Elle & Vire, Paysan Breton, Isigny Ste Mere) and other French products with the PDO seal on the supermarket shelves. Now all we have to do is master the techniques, and recreate the French culinary reverie we’ve experienced at the comfort of our homes. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 67
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Constance Belle Mare Plage A Mauritian heaven and luxury resort Story by Majed Mahdaly
A family resort set along a 2km long white sand beach, the Constance Belle Mare Plage is a sheltered bay on the east coast of Mauritius. The unique resort is the original site and birthplace of Constance Hotels and Resorts Group. Boasting a spectacular panoramic coastline view, the Constance Belle Mare Plage provides guests with a luxurious vacation at the foot of the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian ocean.
Thrillseekers can energize with various marine activities such as windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, rowing boats, sailing and more.
At the beach, facing the tranquil coast, resort guests can enjoy the warmth of the smooth, white sands of Mauritius, and bask in the sun with cool beverages from the depths of the tropical paradise. 68 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
The amazing staff and housekeeping at Belle Mare Plage compete on giving the best kind of hospitality for their guests, who are treated like celebrities.
The accommodation at Belle Mare Plage combines modern style and traditional touch. Guests looking for beachfront stay can opt for one of the 104 prestigious rooms or 149 junior suits. For a more private experience, vacationers can choose one of the 18 villas with a private pool or go for the lavish presidential villa. All rooms are comfortably furnished with warm colours for a fresh and chic atmosphere.
Belle Mare Plage is one of the best resorts if youâ€™re looking for a luxurious golf holiday by the Indian Ocean. The resort has two 18 hole golf courses with exceptional panoramic views, built according to PGA specifications. The Legend golf course on the Indian Ocean features lagoons and lakes. It is here that java deer live and wander freely. The Links golf course has a breathtaking view of the Indian Ocean.
CONSTANCE KIDS CLUB DINING DESTINATIONS Belle Mare Plage is home to seven unique restaurants, all serving fresh food made with authentic flavors by the finest chefs in Mauritius. Here guests get to enjoy splendid natural views with magnificent delicacies from the gourmet cuisines.
Targeting children of ages 4-11, the club will allow kids to have a remarkable infotainment experience. Activities range from exciting excursions, water sports activities, interactive games to making arts and crafts, and more! Every day is a new adventure, under the supervision of a friendly and fully-qualified staff.
ABOUT MAURITIUS Capital: Port Louis Currency: Mauritian Rupee Languages: English, French and Mauritian Creole
Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian ocean about 2,000 kilometres off the southeast coast of Africa. The country includes the islands of Mauritius and
Rodrigues. The area of the country is 2,040 km2. The first recorded visit to the Island was during the Middle Ages by Arab sailors, who named it Dina Arobi.
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TURKEY Your Winter Destination By Rozina Musthafa
In winter, the heat and crowds evaporate, and the atmosphere turns moody. The beautiful panoramas of Turkey, with its nature and its sublime churches and mosques, stunning landmarks and monuments, and intoxicating cities like Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, are best explored during the winter season.
LESS IS MORE This is also the perfect time to get lost in the back streets of Istanbul. Turkey winter tours are ideal for those with an aversion towards maddening crowds and tourist traps. Less crowds means more locals, giving you ample opportunity for quality interaction and more authentic experiences. Travelling off-season screams nothing but discounts, and more discounts! Since winter is an off-season, you can enjoy the country at incredibly cheap rates for hotels, restaurants, and even tours. 70 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
FASCINATING DESTINATIONS Visiting Turkey during winter has a different charm to it altogether as you can experience Turkey like most tourists never do. Watch the countryside get transformed under a soft, snowy façade. Soak in a crisp, sunrise winter balloon safari over Cappadocia. Visit numerous winter landmarks such as the frozen Lake Cildir, and the gorgeous Lake Abant.
AMAZING SKI RESORTS IN TURKEY Why head all the way to Switzerland when you have equally breath-taking ski resorts in Turkey! The soaring Turkish mountains are speckled with some magnificent winter resorts.
WARM UP Take refuge from winter in one of the dozens of steam-filled historic hamams, or bathhouses, located around Istanbul. Among the most beautiful is the 16thcentury Kilic Ali Pasha, which recently underwent a multimillion-dollar restoration that’s returned it to its original glory. Turkish Hamam is a popular and traditional experience over there and is the perfect way to chill out and unwind, even more so if you follow it up with a relaxing massage.
WINTER DRINKS Salep might seem weird at first but it is a delicious drink that people keep going back for. The original version, made from wild orchid flowers and topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon, is a body warming, creamy mixture that boasts of medicinal benefits. Made using fermented grains, Boza is a traditional Turkish drink with a thick texture often gets rid of hunger pangs.
Depending on your location, and skiing preferences, there are an array of ski resorts you can visit, including Uludag (located in Bursa), Kartepe (in Izmit), Palandoken (Turkey’s highest peak), and many more!
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BEIT KAKI A Traditional Hijazi Summer Home
COURTESY PHOTO/ DILMUNICOUPLE.COM
By Mohammed Mirza
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Hijaz has historically been a place where trader and merchant families were the richest. As the region was at the crossroads of many trade routes, it was these families who made huge profits from the lucrative trade. These families normally had summer homes in Taif, where they would head in order to escape the blistering heat of the Arabian summer. The city was like an unofficial summer capital of the country back in the day. The mansions these families made set the tone for the vernacular architecture of the region. One such is the summer home of the Kaki family called Beit Kaki.
STAFF PHOTO//MOHAMMED MIRZA
We were recently in Taif on a business trip, but it’s not the kind of place where one can just visit for work and leave without touring. The city is so beautiful that it deserves to be seen and explored. Opportunely, we got some time off our schedule, and so we looked for places to see that were close to our hotel. Beit Kaki popped on our screen and was only a few minutes away. We instantly hastened to it. The house was smaller than we expected; it didn’t even stand out as a tourist site, blending in with its surroundings as it
was. There was a pool in the roundabout in front that gave it an aristocratic touch just like the mansions of Europe. We saw children resting under its verandah and assumed that they were there as part of a field trip from school as a school bus was parked nearby. However, they left soon afterward and we figured out that they weren’t here on a trip. They were just chilling beneath the mansion on their way back from school. From the façade, the building looks like a small mansion as it is only double storied. However, in length, the house is pretty long when compared to its width. Beit Kaki was built in 1943 just before the Saudi oil boom. In its design, one can see traces of Western influence, prominent in its cylindrical pillars and triangular balconies on the roof. However, since reinforced concrete wasn’t used in its construction, the house manages to retain an Arabian feel. Despite the simple windows and small façade, Beit Kaki has a unique aura to it and is one of the best preserved of all historic mansions in Taif. The preservation is most likely due to the fact that it has been sympathetically restored in the recent past. The windows, however, have been given a miss in the restoration.
Notwithstanding the fact that the family presumably spent only a few months every year in this house, they have not compromised any bit on its grandeur. Some of the yellow paint coated on its walls remains. It was a welcome change against the regular whitewashes of the other historic Hejazi mansions. The interiors of the house were coated in other colors like blue and green that made for an interesting contrast. The entrance of the house is where all the different colors of the house seem to converge â€“ the part of the house that also features in many 74 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
Instagram feeds. Unlike other houses from much the same era, the windows here are not like the rawasheen types. They carry the floral and geometric design patterns but are simpler and less elaborate. Beit Kakiâ€™s main door, however, is a far cry from the windows boasting elaborate Arabesque designs. It appears to be made of teakwood most likely imported from India or Indonesia. Unfortunately, the house is currently not open for visitors so one has to just imagine what it looks like from the inside. Presumably, it is built similar to other Hejazi homes, with its
main door leading to an entrance hall called the dilhiz. The first floor would be for guests and the upper floor reserved for the houseâ€™s residents. Taif has no shortage of remnants from the Pre-Islamic era; if one wants to get an idea of its recent past, Beit Kaki would be the perfect place to start. After all, its elegant architecture and design will not only serve as a reminder of history, its outstanding characteristics can also inspire new designs for contemporary construction and art. COORDINATES 21.269582, 40.405666
Classified Pages Operation Almarai
Spotlife Films founder, producer, and director Samer Arzouni produced Operation Almarai for National Geographic Abu Dhabi. The one-off special documentary gives viewers unique insight into the operations of Almarai, the region’s largest food and beverage manufacturer. It brings to life the company’s logistics and operations throughout 24 hours during the busiest time of the year – Hajj.
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Saudi International Motor Show
International car companies displayed their collections, from state-of-the-art machines to unique, modern vehicles at the annual Saudi International Motor Show, the largest of its kind in the motor industry in Saudi Arabia. Abdul Latif Jameel Motors also launched the new Toyota Camry 2018 at the show, where there was infotainment available for the kids.
Slimmer of the Year
The IONIQ Hybrid
Cambridge Weight Plan in Saudi Arabia celebrated Slimmer of the Year 2017 winner Ali Qabani, a Saudi who won the international weight loss competition after losing 89 kg in only 10 months. The event was held on Jan. 7 at Park Hyatt Jeddah, in the presence of JCCI Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors Dr. Mazen Battarje.
Total Celebrates 10 Years of Success
Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors (MYNM) unveiled IONIQ, the first sophisticated hybrid electric smart car by Hyundai, at the Saudi International Motor Show in January. The car aims to contribute to a cleaner environment and reduce energy consumption. The new eco-friendly car is Hyundai’s step towards using alternative energy and intelligent driving. 76 DESTINATION JEDDAH FEBRUARY 2018
Total celebration ten years of a successful partnership with Zahid Group. The celebration took place at Sofitel Hotel last month and was attended by Total employees. It featured live music and a sand drawing art show.
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Saudi Hankook Racing Team Excels
The Saudi Hankook Racing Team participated in the Dubai 24 Hour Race, held at Dubai Autodrome last month. The event saw the participation of 91 cars and 300 drivers from all around the world. The Saudi Hankook Racing Team chose to participate in the race in GT3 class, one of the strongest and most competitive classes of the race.
HR Certification from UBT
McDonald’s Happy Meal Box Artists
McDonald’s announced the winners of the Happy Meal Box Artist Campaign that took place in the western and southern regions during November last year. The campaign aimed to support young artistic talents in Saudi by offering them white Happy Meal Boxes as a tool to express their creativity and ambition. The winners are Hythum Mohsin, Eyad Sokr and Rayan Mohsin.
Year of Bespoke
The University of Business and Technology (UBT) and its Continuing Education Center (CEC) in Jeddah is now offering international human resource management credentials from HR Certification Institute (HRCI), provider of the world’s most recognized HR credentials for professionals in more than 100 countries.
Lulu Opens New Branch in Dammam
Lulu launched its 143rd branch in Dammam’s Al Nawras neighborhood in January. It is the 12th Lulu Express Freshmarket branch in the Kingdom. The new store has more than 20,000 sq. ft. of shopping area.
The Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Bespoke department’s collective of designers, engineers, and craftspeople brings the marque’s discerning and influential patrons’ most ambitious and personal visions to reality. In 2017, Rolls-Royce elevated Bespoke to unprecedented new levels, resulting in one of the most significant years for Bespoke in the 114-year history of the brand. DESTINATIONKSA.COM 77
MAKKAH ANJUM HOTEL MAKKAH
World-class accomodation, outstanding service, and genuine Hijazi hospitality• Makkah • Tel: +966-12-5629999 • Web: anjumhotels.com
FAIRMONT MAKKAH Boasts a prime location as the closest hotel to Kaaba • Adjacent to the Masjid Al Haram) Abraj Al Bait Complex, Al Hajlah • Tel: +966-14-5717777 • Web: fairmont.com/makkah HILTON MAKKAH
Located in the heart of Makkah, with city, Haram and Kaabah views. (Adjacent to the King Fahd entrance) Jabal Omar Ibrahim Al Khalil. • Tel: +966-12-5342200 • Web: hilton.com
LE MERIDIEN TOWERS HOTEL Directly connected to the Holy Mosque through the tunnel of King Abdulaziz gate. Kudai Rd.• Tel: +966-12-539-9999 • Web: starwoodhotels.com/lemeridien
MERCURE GRAND UM AL QURA A classy choice for a
luxurious hotel in the central area of Makkah. Al Masjed Al Haram Rd. • Tel: +966-12-570-2212 • Web: mercure.com
MERCURE HIBATULLAH HOTEL Offers accomodation
to meet every need. Um Al Qura St. • Tel: +966-12-549-8855 • Web: mercure.com
RAMADA MAKKAH HOTEL
Committed to creating caring experiences for every person. Ajyad, Al Hajlah • Tel: +966-12-577 8518 • Web: ramada.com
SHERATON MAKKAH HOTEL AND TOWERS Enjoy easy
access to the Holy Mosque, the city’s business areas, transportation options, and shopping destinations. • Jabal Al Kaaba • Tel: +966-12-5518900 • Web: starwoodhotels.com/sheraton
MADINAH DALLAH TAIBAH HOTEL
Committed to achieve and maintain total guest satisfaction by providing high quality service. Abi Zar St. (right in front of Gate 25 of Masjid Nabwi). • Tel: +966-148290055 • Web: dallahtaibah.com
DAR A HIJRA INTERCONTINENTAL Ideally
located within walking distance to the Masjid and nearby shopping districts. King Fahd Rd, Badaah, Central Area • Tel: +966-14-820 7777 • Web: intercontinental.com
DAR AL TAQWA INTERCONTINENTAL Luxury
five star hotel that has one of the most enviable locations in town in the heart of the city centre. Off Al Sitteen St. • Tel: +966-14-829 1111 • Web: intercontinental.com
DURRAT ANDALUS HOTEL Provides comfortable 3 star accomodation in Madinah. Northern Central Area • Tel: +966-14-829 1114
HOTEL ELAF TAIBAH
To facilitate Hajj and Umrah for all pilgrims. Saad Bin Moaath • Tel: +966-14-818 00500 • Web: elafgroup.com
LE MERIDIEN MADINAH
For the curious and creativeminded traveller. Khaled Bin El Waleed Rd. Al Jamiah • Tel: +96614-846 0777 • Web: starwoodhotels. com/lemeridian
All 150 spacious guest rooms and suites, offers extensive facilities for families, individuals, and pilgrims alike. King Faisal St. • Tel: +966-148180000 • Web: marriott.com
MOVENPICK Ideally situtated for visitors to the city. Sharia Court Rd. • Tel: +966-14-8188000 • Web: moevenpick-hotels.com
A contemporary five-star hotel located in close proximity to the Holy Masjid, overlooking the Kaaba, as well as the entire Masjid. King Abdul Aziz Endowment, Ajyad St. • Tel: +966-12-5718000 • Web: swissotel. com/hotels/makkah
RAMADA AL HAMRA
ZAM ZAM GRAND SUITES
The Oberoi, Madina enjoys an unrivalled position, just steps away from Al Masjid Al Nabawi. Abizar Rd. Madina Almunawara • Tel: +96614-828 2222 • oberoihotels.com
Located in front of King Abdul Aziz Gate of Masjid Al Haram. Abraj Al Bait Complex, King Abdul Aziz Endowment • Tel: +966-12-5715555
Committed to creating caring experiences for every person, every time. Al Siteen St, Bani Khidrahh • Tel: +966-14-8208084 • Web: wyndhamhotels.com
THE MADINAH OBEROI
TRANSLATION DR. HAITHAM SAAB TRANSLATION OFFICE Reliable
Professional Translation Services to and from all languages • Tahlia St . Mob: +966-566123 229 • Web: www. saaboffice.wixsite.com/saaboffice
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BUFFALO WINGS AND RINGS
ANOOSH Anoosh offers a
19TH CENTURY BURGER
BOSTANI CHOCOLATE & GIFTS For chocolates, gifts
Prince Sultan Street, Almohamadiya Tel: +966-12-2901138 • Web: www. buffalowingsandrings.sa/jeddah Here’s where the classic taste of minced beef patties combined with fresh buns are available to you. Prince Sultan Rd, Al Mohammadieh. • Tel: 920019819
20 MINUTES BURGER Seem to be Permanently Closed. Number does not work. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-6113187 AMERICAN CORNER Breakfast, lunch, dinner? Everything you need is at the American Corner. Prince Saud Al Faisal, Al Khalidiyah • Tel: +966-126060188 • Web: chilisksa.com CHEESECAKE FACTORY Home
of the world’s greatest cheesecake. Le Mall, Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-2617010
CHILI’S Classic American, Texan
and international tastes. Al Andalus St. • Tel: +966-12-6634760
IHOP Perfect breakfast spot.
Al Andalus St. • Tel: +966-12-2617032
JOHNNY ROCKETS Service great all-American food in a timeless and fun environment. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-6927614 MINI BURGER One of the best burger joints in town. Kayyal st, Rawdah Dist. • Mob: +966530607373
SHAKE SHACK Serves the most delicious burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard and more!. Le Mall, Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-2617042 STEAK HOUSE Steaks grilled to perfection over open fire to sear in the natural juices. Etoile, Malil Road • Tel: +966-12-6829955 • Web: steakhouse.com.sa TEXAS ROADHOUSE
They offer everything from hand-cut steaks and fall-off-thebone ribs, to some pretty sweet margaritas. Le Mall, Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-2617027 • Web: texasroadhouse.com
THE COUNTER Create your
own burgers and make them special! Etoile, King Rd. • Tel: +966-12-2754266
The perfect word to describe this restaurant: flavorful. Rawdah St. • Tel: +966-12-6067233
BRAZILIAN BRASA DE BRAZIL
A restaurant known for its deer and ostrich meat and brazilian beef. Al Andalus St. • Mob: +966549865555
SPEARS Wonderful and tasty
Brazilian food that leaves you wanting more with every bite!. IAl Kurnaysh, Intercontinental Hotel • Tel: +966-12-2295555
variety of chocolates and mouth watering cookies. Sari St. • Tel: 920013222
and more. AlHamra Dist. • Tel: +966-12-6412070 Mob: +966-555201870
CARAMEL One of the most
creative patisserie and cake producers in town. Baghdadiyah, Rawdah,Tahlia • Tel: +966-126519383
CHOCOMOOD A special mood in the chocolate industry. Al Rawdah • Tel: +966-12-6162111 CHOCOLATE CORNER
The art of chocolate. Rawdah St. • Tel: +966-12-6016000
CHOCOLINE Flavor and
refinement meet to create an outstanding range of luxury chocolates. Tahlia St. • Tel: +96612-2842846
GANACHE A gourmet food store that provides savory nibbles, pastries, croissants and more. Rawdah St. • Tel: +966-12-6601390 GODIVA Godiva thrills the
senses and captivates the hearts of chocolate lovers everywhere. Rawdah St. • Tel: +966-12-2616630
LEAVES An elegant local chocolatier. Al Rawdah Dist. • Mob: +966-564444928 PATCHI Embrace a culture and unique heritage of exceptional chocolate gifts that make life exquisite. Al Hamra, Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-6525961
COFFEE & TEA SHOPS COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF
Delivering the look, taste and aroma of the world’s best coffees and teas. Al Khaldia Dist.• Tel: +96612-6928142
DEERA CAFÉ Coffee experience like no other. Al Malek Rd- Stars Avenue Mall, Tahlia St. • Tel: +96612-2632150
KALILA Café and bakery serving light yet tasty foods from different regions. The Courtyard, Prince Sultan St. • Tel: +966-12-6061723 SOLO COFFEE Al Rawdah Dist. Abdul Maqsoud Khuja St. • Tel: +966-12-2630263
The true essence of coffee. Corniche Rd., Tahlia St., Rawdah St. • Tel: +966-12-6997852
TEA GSCHWENDNER Their tea shops are staffed with tea enthusiasts dedicated to exploring the world of loose leaf tea. Red Sea Mall. • Tel: +966-12-2150695
THE BAGEL BAR Offers a wide range of healthy and delicious snacks as well as light meals and main meals. U-Shaped Center, Al Rawdah • Tel: +966-12-6410222
FAST FOOD DOMINO’S PIZZA An American
pizza restaurant chain. Tahlia St. Prince Sultan St. Prince Abdullah Al Faisal St. Al Makarunah • Tel: +96612-614-5994 / +966-12-682-1889 966-12-252-3814 / 9200-12345
HARDEE’S One of the best
fastfood chain restaurants. Al Andalus Hira St. Ali Al Murtada • Tel: 920001213/ +966-12-619 7267
JOE’S DINER It’s like a traditional American diner with great American food. Khalidiya Dist. • Tel: 920005637 KFC
The largest chicken restaurant brand in the world. Al Rawdah Dist. • Tel: 920021111
Hot sandwiches, salads and gourmet pizza. Tahliah St. Khalidiya Dist • Tel: +966-12-6064717/ +966-126697232
PAPA JOHN’S The third largest
take-out and pizza delivery restaurant chain in the world. Al Batarji St. • Tel: +966-12-6629546
DATES BATEEL Deluxe chocolates,
delectable dates, superb pastries and a vast selection of gourmet foods. Red Sea Mall • Tel: +966-122150144
NADIYA Nadiya luxury dates are the perfect expression of Arabian traditions and hospitality. Panda, Bin Dawood, Al Musbah Airport • Tel: +966-12-6066103
TALAH DATES Dates, sweets,
drinks, and the finest Arabian coffee. Sari St. • Tel: +966-12-6837887
TAMRATY Tamraty is the leading
store holding a wide variety and the best dates hand picked from its farms. Al Rawdah Dist. • Tel: +96612-6637995
YATMOR Taking Saudi hospitality to a whole new level. Khalidiya Dist • Tel: +966-12-6065000
FINE DINING CROWNE GRILL Dining spot
serving fresh selections of US beef, fish, chicken and lobster. Crowne Plaza • Tel: +966-12-6611000
SURA Authentic fine dining
Korean cuisine. Rawdah Dist. • Tel: 920007212
SOY Contemporary Asian cuisine
in a gorgeous environment. Rawdah St. • Tel: +966-12-6643414
TOKI Toki is the ultimate place in Jeddah to serve authentic Chinese cuisine similar to the practices for centuries in Mainland China. Laylat - Al Malik Rd. • Tel: +966-12-6060606 / 966-50-466-5658 SALMONTINI LE RESTO Fine
dining experience, known for their salmon. Al Malik Rd. • Mob: +966593251111
LA CUISINE La Cuisine is known for their excellent dishes. Falastin, Hamra Dist. • Tel: +966-12-663 0363 LUMIERE Fine dining in French
cuisine. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd, Ash Shati • Mob: +966-555356373
They have one main objective: eat well and healthy. Rawdah Star Center • Tel: +966-12-6606633
Casual authentic crêperie. Roshana Mall • Tel: +966-12-2634989
LA CRÊPE DORÉE
A local creperie known for their unique taste. Red Sea Mall • Tel: +966-12-2150462
A whole new level of sophistication to French dining to Jeddah. Teatro Mall, Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-126680303/ +966-507619378
LENÔTRE Cakes and chocolate for all tastes. Teatro Mall, Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-2611222 • Web: lenotre.com DELIFRANCE Delifrance draws on expertise based on nearly one hundred years of tradition. Al Salama Center, Prince Sultan St. • Tel: +966 -12- 6171555
INTERNATIONAL AMARA TERRACE
Comfort food with a unique twist. Prince Faisal Bin Fahd, Ash Shati • Mob: +966-555354139
Serves everything. Mostly known for their amazing fries. Corniche, near Intercontinental Hotel, Al Hamra • Tel: +966-12-6605160 •Web:caffearoma.com
A selection of snacks and beverages, enjoyed by the sea. Al Hamra Dist. • Tel: +966-12-2891009
CASPER & GAMBINI’S
All-day restaurant-café specialized in casual gourmet meals and coffee. El Khayyat Center, Prince Sultan St. • Tel: +966-12-6637979 •Web: casperandgambini.com
Casual locale serving homemade sauces and flavorfully marinated chicken recipes. Meat dishes are also on the menu. Prince Sultan St. • Tel: +966-12-690 1115 •web: chickenrepublic.com
Located inside Rosewood Jeddah hotel, offers a combination of European, Middle Eastern, and Far Eastern cuisines. Al Kurnaysh Rd., Ash Shati Dist. • Tel: + 966 -12 -2607139 • Wed: rosewoodhotels. com/jeddah
LA VIDA LOUNGE
Open from 7 a.m. to midnight King Rd. Tower, Mezzanine Floor • Tel: +966-12-6060048 • Mob: +966555685995
Head here for sweet and savoury treats. Mahmud Nasif, Al Andalus • Tel: +966-12-663-6937 •Mob: +966550533450 • Web:laylasgourmet.com
Light treats. Eat smart. Madinah Rd. •Mob: +966500115122 • Tel: +966-12-2901424 •Web: mylitebite.com
HAAGEN-DAZS Premium ice
cream parlor. Stars Avenue Mall King Abdulaziz Rd. Red sea mall •We: haagen-dazs.co.uk • Mob: +966-559576854
MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY Bringing happiness to every cup, cone, cake and pint. Prince Sultan St, Mall of Arabia, Andalus Mall, Haifa Mall • Mob: +966-533888959
MARCEL’S Delicious and tasty low fat flavours. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-2612301
PINKBERRY Pinkberyy is a non fat frozen yoghurt concept that offers a light and refreshing guilt free treat. Red Sea Mall • Tel: +966-12-2151551 •Web: pinkberry.com SHAKELICIOUS Creamy shakes! Rawdah St. • Tel: +966-12-6928208
STICK HOUSE A fun way to enjoying ice cream. Prince Sultan Rd, Al Basateen • Mob+966549616211 • Web: stickhousesrl.com THE FROZEN YOGHURT FACTORY Frozen yoghurt with
a healthy twist. Red Sea Mall, Arab Mall, Andalus Mall, Al Batarji, Al Khalidiyah, Obhur. • Tel: +966-122151551
VENCHI The ultimate destination for chocolate lovers. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-2614878 • Web: venchi.com
Classic and innovative Italian specialities. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966509550993 / +966-12-6696201 Is rich with high value selection of dishes, meat, seafood, desserts. • Al Nahda Dist., Prince Sultan St.Near Samba Bank, • Tel: 920005099. •Web: swisshouse-sa.com
THE SANDWICH GALLERY Sandwich flavors from around the world with a unique twist. U-Shape Center, Al Rawdah • Mob: +966-544222234 •Web: thesandwichgallery.com
TOASTED An innovative and fresh approach to food. Rawdah St. • Mob: +966-12-2616747 UPTOWN 966
A fusion of Mediterranean and international food. • Al Hamra , Andalus main Rd.• Tel:+966-126652552 • Mob:+966-546441633 •Web: uptown966.com
ZODIAC Fine dining experience combining excellent service and food.Palestine St. • Tel: +966-126607548 •Mob:+ 966- 531060000
ICE CREAM BASKIN ROBBINS STORE
Offers desserts like fondue, affogato and cakes, all in a family friendly restaurant environment. Corniche • Tel: +966-12-6067527 •Web: baskinrobbinsmea.com
Frozen yoghurt with over 25 topping choices.Stars Avenue Mall • Tel: +966-12-6077479 •Web: freshberry.net
ITALIAN IL GABBIANO IIndulge in true
Italian flavour with a relaxing classic atmosphere. Corniche • Tel: +966-12-6587049
ITALIAN TOUCH Italian Touch is the perfect breakfast spot, serving the finest of Italian ingredients. Sari St, Ascot Hotel Building. • Tel: +96612-6921380 • Mob: +966-537895666 FRATELLI LA BUFALA
Italian restaurant-pizzeria inspired by simple cuisine and genuine quality of products from the Campania region. The menu is based on the authentic Pizza and buffalo Mozzarella of Campania. • Stars Avenue Mall, King Abdulaziz Rd. • Tel: +966 12 2753822
LALLO We use fresh pasta at
our restuarants to give the taste of homemade cooking to valued customers. Tahlia Branch. • Tel: +966-12-6614719
LA PROMENADE CAFE
One of the best dining spots in town. Promenade Mall, Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-6688712
MARGHERITA Your ultimate
gateway to the Italian taste • Al Khaldiya Dist. • Tel: +966-12-606-1100
PIATTO Generous servings of fresh and authentic Italian dishes. Etoile Center, King Road Tahlia St. • Tel: +96612-692-2501 •Web:piatto.com.sa DESTINATIONKSA.COM 79
PIZZA FUSION Fresh, organic
and eco-friendly.Rawdah Ar, Rawdah St. • Tel: +966-12-261-6933 • Web: pizzafusion.com
PORTO CERVO Food lovers
beware, you’re in for a tasty surprise in Jeddah. Prince Sultan St., Al Khalidiyah • Mob: + 9660596900011
The best Turkish food and unique interior design. Tahlia st, Aster Center, Khalidiya Dist. • Tel: +966-12-6062750 • Web: cookshop-sa.com EVET LIFE STEAK HOUSE The Court Yard City , Prince Saud AlFaisal • Tel: +966-12-6062045 • Web: evetlife.com
serves traditional neopolitan food, based on fresh ingredients and home made pasta. Sari St., Ascott Building • Tel: 920004803• Mob: +966-503745666
KOSEBASI A restaurant chain that is true to the traditional recipes of south Anatolia. Al Rawdah • Tel: 966-12-6112302 •Web: kosebasi.com
TARTUFO Rich ingredients freshly
MADO One of the leading
imported from Italy. Ahlan Food Court,Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-6638248
MIDDLE- EASTERN AL NAKHEEL Al Nakheel
presents an exciting atmosphere great food and an experience that is second to none. King Fahd St. • Tel: 966-12-6066644
Ahwak is a trendy Lebanese restaurant serving traditional food, using authentic recipes and fresh ingredients. Sari, Al zahraa, Ascott Hotel • Mob: +966-503745666
ASEIL Aseil is about a journey
through Saudi Arabia, where we explored different cuisines in the Kingdom and reintroduced them in a modern uplifted style. Courtyard, Khaldiah Dist. • Tel: 966-12-6062349
BYBLOS SSavor an array of
unique tasteful flavours and indulge your senses. Al Quraysh Rd, Alhambra.• Tel: 966-12- 6697655
Syrian, Lebanese style cooking. Ismail Abu Dawud, Al Andalus. • Tel: 966-12-6688900
GOODIES The ‘go-to’ Lebanese restaurant. Stars Avenue, Ground Floor, King Abdulaziz Rd. • Tel: 96612-2847333 • Web: goodies.com.sa LABEEB Casual dining restaurant
Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz St. • Tel: 966-536884433 • Web: shobak.com
BHARAT Experience a
matchless culinary journey with Bharat succulent dishes, fresh ingredients, authentic recipes and mouthwatering flavours. Sari, Al Zahra’a • Tel: 966-12-2753944 /966503969617
TURKUOISE Turkuoise is blending history and culture with a fresh outlook and a savoury cuisine. Al Rawdah Dist. • Tel: +96612-6832128 / +966-12-6832276 YILDIZLAR Serving up a mix
of Turkish and Lebanese Cuisine. Al Maadi, Al Hamra • Tel: +966-126531150
CHINESE ASIA BOX A fusion of Thai,
Indonesian, Chinese, Malaysian, and Japanese dishes with a modern look. Hamad al Jasir St. (Qassim Zeynah St.), Al Rawdah • Tel: 966-12-6917222
BAYTOTI Offering the freshest
& finest ingredients to provide you with the home goodness of chinese food. Al Mohammadiyah • Tel: 966-920007741
RED DRAGON Red Dragon
serves authentic Chinese cuisine. King Khaled St., Dammam • Tel: 966-550680111
CHINA GATE Come to China
Gate for quick and tasty dishes. King Abdullah Rd. • Tel: 966 -12- 6527718
NOODLES Noodles blends
SHOBAK Your pie, your way!
indian restaurant! Beside Muhammadia Plaza ‘ Madinah Rd. • Tel: 966-12-6510162
SEMSOM Semsom is here to
for good food. Falastin, Al Ham’mra. • Tel: 966-12-6743987 •Web: shamirest.com
Indonesian and Asian Restaurant Khaled Commercial Center, Khalid Bin Walid St. Sharafiyah, • Tel: +966-541 206 209 • Web:bataviarestaurant.com
INDIA GATE Indian restuarant that gives you a great taste of true Indian spices. Sharafiya Dist. • Tel: 966-12-6440276
CHOPSTICKS The “ Fresh Chinese Cuisine”. Al Hamra Branch, Falasteen St. • Tel: 966-12-6907575
SHAMI Share our sizzling passion
restuarants offering a truly memorable authentic Turkish dining experience.Prince Sultan Main St., Khalidiya Center • Tel: +966-12-6901149
providing the market with fresh Lebanese food. Tahlia St. • Tel: 966-12-2612301 •Web: labeeb.com.sa
revive traditional Lebanese recipes and create new ones. Al Khalidiyah. • Tel: 966-12-6068600 •Web: semsom.com
LASANI All time marvelous
Marhaba is known for authentic Pakistani cuisine in the kingdom. Established in 1985. Mohiyuddin Nazir st., off Al Andalus st. Al Hamra. • Mob: +966-504635668 • Tel: +96612-6682523
RAJ Come for appetizing and savory dishes served at Raj, Indian restuarant Tahlia St. • Tel: 966 -12- 6675730 PUNJAB GRILL Punjab Grill
serves rich yet modern Punjabi tastes. Sari St., Ascott Hotel Building, Al Zahra, Near Stars Avenue mall • Mob: +966-508265666
SHEZAN Let the aroma of mixed spices drive you to the wonderful experience and delicacies of an Indian kitchen. Sari St. Andalus St. • Tel: 966-12-6621086 / 966-126656040
ZAIKA Indian food and dining offering a high quality service and atmosphere. Boulevard Center, Al Rawdah Dist. • Tel: 966-12-6111798 / 966-552965028
traditional and modern Chinese culinary cuisine in a warm and friendly setting. Rosewood Jeddah Hotel • Tel: 9966-12-2607111
Benihana restuarants are traditional Japanese Hibachi steakhouses, featuring the Japanese cooking: “teppanyaki.” Abdul Rahman At Tabayashi, Al Andalus • Tel: 966-12-6686014 •Web: benihana.com
P.F. CHANG’S Discover dishes
GOLD SUSHI CLUB Inspired by
that become the topic of your conversation. Le Mall, Tahlia St. • Tel: 966-12-2617021
TOKI Mouth watering flavours
from the east. Leylaty Complex, Malek Rd. •Mob: 966- 50-4665658
YUMMY YUMMY Offers variety of Chinese & Japanese cuisine. Saqr Quraish St., Al Salamah • Tel: 966-12-2570777
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the spirit of Japanese culture and food cuisine. Sari Gate Center, Sari St., Al Rawdah • Tel: 966-12-6068069 •Web: goldsushiclub.com
GINZA I CHOME A live Sushi bar
not to miss! Rosewood Jeddah Hotel, 2nd Floor • Tel: +966 12 6068069
HANISAN Hanisan brings a contemporary yet sophisticated dining experience to the heart of Jeddah. Byblos Complex, Corniche Al Hamra • Tel: 966-12-6695894 / 966-50668-3107
MAKI - HOUSE
SUSHI FOR NON SUSHI EATERS Sultan St. Mohamdiya dist. • Mob: +966-555896022, Sari St, Beside Sabb Bank • Mob: +966555980052, Batterjee St. Azzahra • Mob: +966-551075661
SAKURA Sakura is Crowne Plaza’s signature Japanese Restaurant. Crowne plaza Hotel, Al Hamra • Tel: 966-12-6611000
SUSHI YOSHI Sushi Yoshi is a leading Japanese restaurant with its own unique design stands out from the rest. Tallah Commercial Center, Corniche Rd. Al Rawdah Star Mall, Rawdah St. • Tel: 966-12-6997854 / 966-122616734 •Web: sushiyoshionline.com WAKAME We are passionate about Sushi! Come and discover what great mouth watering sushi really tastes like. Al Rawdah St. Kings Rd.• Tel: 966-12-6682003 / 966-12-6124204 • Web: wakame-ksa.com WAGAMAMA JJapanese-
inspired menu that offers a wide range of delicious noodles, rice and side dishes, desserts, freshly squeezed juices and hot drinks. Hail st., Tahlia walkway intersection • Tel: +966 12 6110019 • Web: wagamama.com
ZN SUSHI LOUNGE
Sushi and sashimi joint. Roshana Mall, Tahlia St. • Tel: 966-12- 2634889
Altesse is the hallmark of pastries.Al Hamra • Tel: 966-12-6645877
DESSERTS & BAKERIES AL NABULSI SWEETS
Arabic sweets and desserts. Al Hamra • Tel: 966-920001345
All our delicious hand-made cakes, gateaux and patisseries are a taste sensation using traditional recipes. Star Avenue Mall,Kings Rd. • Tel: 966-12-6697655
HELEN’S We only bake original
recipes using the best and freshest ingredients in the market. Kayal St., Al Rawdah • Tel: 966-12- 6977729 •Web: helensbakery.com
Pastries, cakes and pies.Villa 50, Tahlia St., • Tel: +966-12-6636937 • Web: laylasgourmet.com
MUNCH BAKERY If you are a
person with a sweet tooth then here’s a haven you can indulge in. Al Hamra • Tel: 966-920015010 • Web: munchbakery.com
NESTLE TOLL HOUSE Desserts created with a passion for life and endless imagination is more than just a sweet temptation. Red Sea Mall • Tel: 966-12-2346238 • Web: nestlecafe.com
PAUL Our products and shops
exude a French way of life: at the same time gourmet, sophisticated, warm and timeless. Tahlia St. • Tel: 966-12-26671633
Provide a variety of programs covering the needs of girls in covering the needs of girls in health, psychological and social aspects. Abdullah Albalkhail St.• Tel: +966 504451852 • Web: abjadcenter.org.sa
PINK CAMEL We are a place of
idulgence with our freshly baked French macarons, or our unique ‘gourmet’ home decor collection. Al Rawdah • Tel: 966-12-6982175 / 966-504456245 • Web: pink-camel. com
ACT ADULT AND CHILD THERAPY CENTER
Providing accessible and innovative mental health care services for children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Al Awadi, Al Andalus • Tel: +966-12-2615950 • Web: actjeddah.com
The best pastry and sweets in the city only in Saadeddin Pastry. Hira St. • Tel: 966-920017070 • Web: saadeddin.com
SWEET AND SAVORY
Specialised in sweet and savory muffins to die for. Prince Sultan St, Al Muhammadiyah, Sari St, Al Salamah •Tel: +966 -544475986 •Web: mysweetandsavory.com
THE CAKE BOUTIQUE
Soecializing in wedding cakes and delightful wedding giveaways, while also producing everything sweet. AL Rawdah• Tel: +966- 557855895
BOUTIQUES AL MAYASS
Multi-brand designer store. Ana Special Mall, Prince Sultan St. • Tel: 966-12-6642194 • Web: mayassfashion.com
CREAM A multibrand fashion &
ARAB DOCTORS CLINIC Deliver WAREDA SHAH COLLECTION Plus size clothing and fashion. • Tel: 966-502867065
surgery, dermatology and laser hair removal. King Abdul Aziz Rd. • Tel: +966-12-0020129 • Web: beautyclinic-sa.com
MIHYAR Men’s clothes shop.
DOMVS Find all exclusive and unique items from the latest home fashion that is most trendy. Al Rawdah Dist. • Tel: 966-12-6611447 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DERMA CLINIC Leading center for dermatology, laser and plastic surgery in the Middle East. Tahlia St. - Bin Homran Center • Tel: +966-126699999 • Web: derma-clinic.com
DR ASHY MEDICAL CENTER
Al Rawdah St. • Tel: 966-12-2615197 • Web: mihyararabia.com
Specialized thobes for men. • Mob: 966-546179888
SINDI Classic and casual thobe-
TOBY Sharp, trendy and
simple thobes made for the sophisticated and successful businessmen. Prince Saud Al Faisal, Al Rawdah • Mob: 966-546234838 • Web: tobybyhatem.com
FURNITURE AL GHALIA INTERIORS
NAWAL STORE Abayas and
Design firm specializing in turkey commercial and residential projects. Al Rawdah Dist.
Good quality furniture, both office and household. Tahlia St. • Tel: 966-12-6676031 • Web: americangallery.com.sa
kaftans. Stars Avenue,Malik Rd. • Mob: +966- 537092529 • Web: nawal-almaimani.com
Contemporary fashion boutique. Rawdah • Tel: 966-12-2754564
PINK OR BLUE ROOMS
Maternity wear, childrens wear, hand painted customised children bedrooms. Al Rawdah St.• Tel: 96612-6634452 • Web: pinklining.com
SOTRA Clothing and accessories. Ana Special Mall, Prince Sultan St. • Tel: 966-560895556 • Web: sotraonline.com
TERRA ECLAT Offers a wide
selection of unique hand crafted jewelry. • Al Andalus Mall, Gate 2 • Mob: +966-543766773 • Web: terra-eclat.com
BEAUTY CLINIC Plastic
contemporary furniture. Al Rowdah Dist. • Tel: 966-122830302 • Web: Dimos.com.sa
A retail concept offering fashion choices, furniture and home accessories. Al Rawdah • Tel: 966-12-668 5533 • Web:jasminebox.com
world-class health care from a local doctor to patients, backed up by top medical specialists and supported by the latest research and education. Prince Saud Al Faisal, Al- Khalidiyah. • Tel: +966-12-6060092
DIMOS Modern and
thobes, shirts and Ihrams. Al Rawdah Dist. • Mob: 966-920000554 • Web: lomar.sa
wear. Al Rawdah, Al Tahliah • Tel: 966-12-6678587 - 966-126631604 • Web: sindithobe.com
customers’ needs, lifestyle and budget to create the organising solutions they need. Sari St. • Tel:966-12-4202435 • Web: closetworld.com.sa
LOMAR Menswear such as
lifestyle concept store. Stars Avenue,Malik Rd. • Tel: 966-12-662 6272
Evening and bridal dresses. Al Rawdah • Tel: 966-12-6673971 • Web: fityaniboutique.com
CLOSET WORLD Focus on
BATAL DESIGN Ultimate design offering marvelous objects that underline wealth and sophistication all year long. Al Rawdah, Prince Saud Al Faisal St. • Tel: +961 1 804 803 • Web: b-design.co BO CONCEPT Make customised
and coordinated furniture and accessories affordable to the urban-minded customer. Al Rawdah St. • Tel: 966-12-6141418 • Web: boconcept.com
A diverse collection of contemporary art products by incredibly talented artists. Red Sea Mall, King Abdulaziz Rd. • Tel: 96612-6077119 • Web: g-1.com
H.Q. INTERIORS 100% made in Italy furniture within the Middle East. Al Madinah Rd. • Tel: 966 -12- 6395665 IKEA Offers a wide range of
Medical services covering all branches of the field of cosmetic surgery, laser, skin diseases, weight loss and skin care. Al-Rawda Dist. - AbdulMaqsood Khoja St. • Tel: 920009336 • Web: mamdoohashy.com
EED CLINIC Cosmetic and
medical services. Al Steen St. • Tel: +966-12-6398858 • Web: eedclinic.net
well-designed, functional home furnishing products at low prices. Al Aziziyah • Tel: 966-920004532 • Web: ikea.com
FIRST CLINIC Top-rated medicial
Concept design house. Khaldiya Dist., Abdullah Aba Al Khalil St.• Tel: 966-12-6060811 • Web: shop.sinwan.com.sa
PHOTOGRAPHERS MC PHOTOGRAPHY
A professional photography service in the Gulf region. • Web:mchahine.com
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMIA Portrait and digital artist. Kayyal St. • Mob: 966-555623613 • Web: photographybysamia.com
Fashion and wedding photographer.• Web: reembajabaa. com
Specializes in contemporary wedding and lifestyle storytelling. • Mob: 966-555072883
facilities and services. Al Zahra’a Dist. • Tel: +966-12-2754243
One stop shop for all your health needs. • Prince Sultan St., Al Mohammadiyah dist. • Tel: 920022811 • Web: myclinic.com.sa
HOSPITAL DR. SAMIR ABBAS HOSPITAL
Offer state of the art beauty services. 6946 Corniche Rd., Ash Shati Dist. • Tel: 9200 1 25 25 • Web: dsah.sa
INTERNATIONAL DIABETES CARE CENTER (IDCC)
For everything related to diabetes. Prince Sultan St.• Tel: +966920004478 • Web: idcc.com.sa
OBAGI A global speciality
pharamceutical company founded by leading skin care experts. Al Hamra Dist. - Arafat St. • Tel: 966-126614000 • Web: obagihospital.com
SKY CLINIC Offering specialized skin services. Sari St. • Tel: +966-12-6064473 • Web: skyclinic.net DESTINATIONKSA.COM 81
GYM & HEALTH CENTERS
Combines 21st century facilities with impeccable service and Saudi hospitality.Corniche • Tel: +966-122295555 • Web: ihg.com
ARENA MMA & FITNESS
Home to the most qualified and experienced martial arts and fitness experts in Saudi Arabia. Al Nahdah• Tel: +966-12-613-2525 • Web: arena.sa
JEDDAH HILTON Convenient for both travellers and those on pilgrimage. Corniche Rd.• Tel: 920003800 • Web: hilton.com
CONCEPT 10 10 Personal
and private training. Prince Sultan St. (AL Salamah Center) • Tel: +96612-6165665
LE MÉRIDIEN Exposes the
curious and creative-minded traveller to the most unexpected and engaging experiences a destination has to offer. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-6633333 • Web: lemeridien-jeddah.com
FITNESS FIRST One of the
world’s leading health and fitness companies. Sixty street behind Arab National Bank • Tel: +966-12-6900881 • Web: ksa.fitnessfirstme.com
MÖVENPICK HOTEL CITY STAR JEDDAH Extraordinary Business
FITNESS TIME Provide the
best sports and fitness services. Madinah Rd, Mohamadiyah Dist • Tel: + 9200 03131 • Web: fitnesstime.sa
and Events Hotel in Central Jeddah Between Quraish St & Heraa St.• Tel: +966-12-618 0000 • Web: movenpick. com/jeddah-city-star
GOLD’S GYM ELITE Designed to empower and guide women to reach their personal health and wellness goals. Al Khaldiah • Tel: +966-12-2282858
MÖVENPICK HOTEL JEDDAH
Extraordinary Business and Events Hotel in Central Jeddah • Before Palestine St.• Tel: +966-12-618 0000 •
HEALTHYU Weight loss center
PARK HYATT Among the finest
with licensed dieticians who personalise meal plans.Al Rawdah St. • Tel: 920011410 • Mob: +966-530926368 • Web: healthyuksa.com •
luxury hotels in Saudi Arabia. Al Hamra• Tel: +966-122639666 • Web: jeddah.park.hyatt.com.sa
JUNIOR GYM Sports and
physical activities for children age 1 to 14 year. Al-Zahra Dist.
WORLD GYM - LADIES
The iconic celebrity fitness scene and the serious, no-nonsense workout. Tahlia St. • Mob: +966-556689923 • Web: worldgymmiddleeast.com
OBAGI A global specialty
pharmaceutical company founded by leading skin care experts. Al Hamra Dist. - Arafat St. • Tel: +966-12-6614000 • Web: obagihospital.com
Z CLUB Offering its clients a package of sense relaxation, healing, rejuvenation and strengthening. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-12-6690204 • Web: z-club.com
SPA & BEAUTY CENTERS BOUTHAINA
Beauty and personal care. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966 -12- 6691803 • Web: bouthaina.com
CHAMELLE PLAZA Relieve
physical and emotional stress. Al Hamra. • Tel: +966-12-6656807/ +966-12-6656874 • Web: chamelleclub.com
EVE SALONS & SPA
One stop destination for services and products pertaining to fashion & beauty for women. Sultan St., Al Haram • Tel: +966-12-6581977 • Web: evejeddah.com
JEAN LOUIS DAVID
Hair and beauty services. King Rd. Tower • Tel: +966 12 606-8678 • Web: jeanlouisdavidsa.com
MAISON DE JOELLE
A celebrity salon and a leading beauty house in the Middle East. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-566882700 • Web: maisondejoelle.com
NAIL ART First nail care salon to open in Jeddah. Al Kayyal St. • Mob: +966-506669851 • Web: nails-art.com ORIANA A sanctuary to experience a soothing and rejuvenating service. Attallah Center, Cornish • Tel: +966-126220773 • Web: oriana-sa.com PLANET BEACH Enjoy a private spa experience for a reasonable cost. Al Batarji St. • Tel: 800 124 7776• Web: planetbeach.com
SPA LOUNGE Providing worldclass spa and wellness experinces for the mind, body and soul. Al Kayyal • Tel: +966-12-2630904 TONI&GUY Latest fashion in the hairdressing industry around the world. Tahlia St. • Tel: +966-122616230 • Web: toniandguy-sa.com
TRAVEL AGENCIES ACE TRAVEL Ranked among the
top three travel agencies in the Kingdom. Heraa St.• Tel: 920002278 • Web: ace-travel.com
AL AMOUDI TRAVEL AGENCY Deliver the best travel and tourism experience to clients within the Kingdom. King Abdullah Rd. • Tel:+966 -12- 6600661 • Web:alamouditravel.com
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AL TAYYAR TRAVEL Combines 21st-century facilities with impeccable service and Saudi hospitality. Corniche • Tel: +966-12-2295555 • Web: altayyargroup.com
ATTAR TRAVEL An expert in the delivery of travel solutions and services. Al Zahra, Mishrifah• Tel: +966 -12- 6640666 • Web: attartravel.com ELAF TRAVEL Full range
of travel and tourism services in the Kingdom. Al Hamra• Tel: +966012-6641233 • Web: elafgroup.com
Your travel agency, world-wide. Al-Hamra Dist. • Tel: +966-122613595 • Web: zahidtravel.com
HOTELS ALBILAD HOTEL
An oasis of hospitality situated right by the Red Sea. Al-Corniche Highway • Tel: +966-12-694 4777 • Web: albiladhotel.net
Experience comfort and convenience. Al Hamra • Tel: +96612-6611000 • Web: ihg.com
The perfect mix of business and pleasure for today’s comfortseeking traveler. Al Madina Rd. • Mob: +966-509970091 • Web: ihg.com
Designed for both the business and leisure traveler. Corniche St. • Tel: +966-12-2607111 • Web: rosewoodhotels.com
Located in one of the most sought after areas in Jeddah. North Corniche • Tel: +966-12-699 2212 • Web: sheratonjeddah.com
COMPOUNDS AL MOROUJ COMPOUND
Al Morouj Compound is a well established expats compound. • Al moubaraz area, Mahssen, near al riyada school • Mob: +966501991771
J| ONE by Abdul Latif Jameel Land is one of the largest and most ambitious residential developments in Jeddah offering a refreshing and new approach to contemporary living. • Mouhmad Masoud St., Al Salamah Dist. • Web: Joneresidence.com
SCHOOLS GREEN GRASS INT’L SCHOOLS
Provides a curriculum that is based on the American standards of learning. • Mohammadiyah Dist. • Email: email@example.com • Tel: +96612-6995708 • Web: ggs.edu.sa
COUNTRY OF SAUDI ARABIA CITY OF JEDDAH
KING OF STATE KING SALMAN BIN ABDULAZIZ AL SAUD
CURRENCY: Saudi Riyal (SR) divided into: 100 Halalas; notes printed in: 1 (one) – 5 (five) – 10 (ten) 50 (fifty) – 100 (hundred) 500 (five hundred) Riyal Denominations.
CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN AL SAUD
POPULATION GROWTH: 2.31%
Makkah and Madinah
TIME ZONE: GMT +3
2,149,690 sq km
3.57 million and the second largest city in Saudi Arabia
HEAD OF REGION: Prince Khalid Al Faisal
West coast of Saudi Arabia, on the Red Sea. Distance between Jeddah and Makkah: 88km. Distance between Jeddah and Madinah 405km.
1,600 sq km – Largest urban center in the Makkah province.
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$1.00 USD = SR 3.75 €1.00 Eur o= SR 4.03 £1.00 British Pound = SR 4.67 ₹1.00 Indian Rupee = SR 0.06 ₱1.00 Philip. Peso = SR 0.08
IMPORTANT DATES: National Day: Sept. 23 Ramadan: May 16 Eid Al Fitr: July 15
TV: National TV: Saudi channel 1, Saudi channel 2 (English), Saudi channel 3 (sports), Al Ekhbariya news.
RIYADH: King Khaled Int’l. Airport JEDDAH: King AbdulAziz Int’l Airport MADINAH: Prince Muhammed Bin Abdul Aziz Airport – DAMMAM: King Fahad Int’l Airport
RADIO STATIONS: STATION
FM CHANNEL TYPE
Rotana Quran SaudiRadio AFN Panorama MBC FM MBC FM MBC FM Mix Fm Alif Alif
88.0 Arabic pop 89.0 Religious 92.6 National news 93.7 Western music 102.0 Arabic pop 103.0 Khaliji music 103.9 Western music 107.0 Techno music 105.5 Western + Arabic 101/0 Arabic mix
BUSINESS HOURS: BUSINESS + BANKING HOURS: 8/9 a.m. - 4/5 p.m. (Sun - Thur) WEEKEND: Friday – Saturday Shopping hours: 10 a.m – 1 p.m. 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
INFORMATION / MAINTENANCE:
Country code: +966 City codes: Riyadh 011 Jeddah and Makkah 012 Dammam, Dhahran, 013 Khobar and Jubail Madinah And Yanbu 014 Abha and Najran 017
STC Inquiry information 905 Speaking clock 1222 Mobily 1100 STC 900 Zain 959
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Arabic, English is the second official language.
EMERGENCY Ambulance 997 Najm (car accidents) 920000560 General emergency 911 Cut along the lines, and keep it in your wallet
DJ Issue 109 - February 2018